USA Basketball U19 World Championship Training Camp Report June 17, 2013 One of the few surprise cuts from the ten players released, Shaq Goodwin had a solid showing in Colorado Springs, but may have been a victim of the numbers game considering the team only took five big men among a very deserving group of seven.
Goodwin looks to have trimmed down significantly from where he was at this stage last year, likely a product of Memphis' terrific strength and conditioning program. He may even be a little too skinny at this point, particularly in the lower body, which made it difficult for him to defend the low post at times and may have played a role in him being released from the roster.
Goodwin is not an overly skilled big man, mostly relying on his long arms and terrific athleticism to make his presence felt around the basket. He was very active on the offensive glass for example, often rising up in a crowd and coming up with some emphatic putback dunks. He's also an excellent target for lobs thanks to his solid hands and terrific leaping ability. Not showing much of a low post repertoire, or a polished perimeter game, Goodwin is mostly reliant on teammates to get him the ball in position to score.
Defensively, Goodwin is a live body when his motor is fully turned on, being a real playmaker thanks to his physical attributes, getting his hands on plenty of blocks, steals and deflections. He's a surprisingly poor defensive rebounder as he rarely boxes out and doesn't show the best instincts pursuing loose balls off the glass, something he needs to work on considering his other limitations.
All in all, Goodwin seems to have made progress from where he was last summer and certainly from the first time we saw him two years ago, which is a good sign for his development. He still has plenty of room to grow as a player in terms of his skill-level and knowledge of the game, but has an interesting frame-work to build off of long term. [Read Full Article] McDonald's All-American Video Profile: Shaq Goodwin April 4, 2012
adidas Nations: Top 2012 High School Prospects September 7, 2011 Jonathan Givony
A long, strong, athletic big man with good hands and a developing skill-set, it's easy to see what both the football and basketball recruiting services like about Shaq Goodwin (#24 Scout, #26 Rivals, #19 ESPN). Although possibly a bit undersized at 6-8, he has the frame, wingspan and motor coaches love to have in their frontcourt rotation, and he has no qualms at all about what he is at this stage.
Goodwin gets most of his production running the floor (ferociously) in transition, crashing the offensive glass and finishing whatever his teammates are able to create for him around the rim with powerful dunks. His post game shows potential but is still a work in progress, and he doesn't attempt to do much of anything outside the paint.
Defensively, Goodwin gets by mostly with his physical tools at this point, and is able to be quite a presence on the glass when he's fully dialed in. His lack of experience and average feel for the game will reveal itself from time to time, but considering his age, that's not a surprise.
Scouts will likely be watching closely how the rest of Goodwin's game comes along in the next few years, as his physical tools are a commodity you don't find every day. Right now he's talking about playing both football (he's also a highly touted wide receiver prospect) and basketball in college, but it's difficult to see how that would be possible considering the demands of both sports. [Read Full Article]