High-SchoolGeorgia: Memphis

MG-SW rivalryRyan Gibson/ESPNHSShaq Goodwin and Jordan Price of Southwest DeKalb hope to knock off Miller Grove's Tony Parker and Brandon Morris in Class AAAA action this winter.
This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Georgia edition.

Remember the 2003 Atlanta Celtics AAU squad? There was some 6-foot-10, muscular kid named Dwight Howard. There was a freakishly gifted high-riser named Josh Smith. And manning the middle was future McDonald’s All-American Randolph Morris.

They ended the summer by hoisting the AAU national championship trophy for Georgia. They would all land in the NBA a few years later, leading several hoop pundits to label that squad the greatest AAU team of all time. That crew also helped establish the Peach State as fertile ground for recruiters.

Fast-forward to 2011.

There are 10 Georgia ballers in the ESPNU 100 and four local teams in the preseason POWERADE FAB 50. Miller Grove enters the season No. 2 in the nation, led by Tony Parker (No. 31 in the ESPNU 100) and Brandon Morris (a Georgia commit). Southwest DeKalb is No. 39 thanks to Shaq Goodwin (No. 19) and Jordan Price (No. 42). The teams faced off three times last year, with Miller Grove winning the first two encounters, and Southwest DeKalb exacting revenge in the region final before Miller Grove rebounded to win the AAAA state title. We caught up with these four to get their takes on the state of Georgia hoops.

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Shaq Goodwin announced his college destination with the simple tweet: "#memphisbound." The Southwest DeKalb senior forward and No. 1 hoops prospect in Georgia will join fellow Peach State native Damien Wilson of Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) at Memphis to give coach Josh Pastner the No. 22 recruiting class according to ESPNU.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Goodwin is the No. 19 recruit in the ESPNU 100 and also had offers from UCLA, Florida, Georgia, Memphis, Miami and Tennessee. He earned Class AAAA All-State honors last season after pouring in 18 points and hauling in 10.1 boards a contest. Goodwin is also an ESPNHS All-State first-teamer and will appear on the cover of the ESPNHS Georgia Hoops Issue along with teammate Jordan Price and Tony Parker and Brandon Morris of Miller Grove.

Shiloh's Robert Carter, the No. 2 prospect from the Peach State, is expected to make his decision Thursday live on ESPNU at 5 p.m. Carter, a participant at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 and the nation's No. 21 recruit, has a final three of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 20 points and 13 boards last season playing for Thomasville. Carter was also selected to the ESPNHS All-State first team.