Shaq Goodwin Named To USA Basketball's U18 Squad Sunday
June 10, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Memphis men's basketball signee Shaq Goodwin has been named to the USA Basketball U18 Team, the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee announced early Sunday morning. The 12-man roster will continue to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center through June 12 when it departs for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil, June 16-20.
The USA U18 squad opens play at the 2012 FIBA Americas Championship in Group A with Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. faces the U.S. Virgin Islands June 16, Mexico June 17 and Brazil June 18.
The top two teams from Groups A and B advance to play for 1st-4th place June 19-20. The semifinals are scheduled for June 19 with the gold-medal game June 20.
This is the fourth-straight summer that a Tigers player is a member of Team USA participating in an international tournament. Last summer, Joe Jackson played on USA Basketball's U19 squad in Latvia, while Adonis Thomas was a member of USA Basketball's U16 (2009) and U17 (2010) teams. Jackson was Team USA's U19 second-leading scorer (11.6 ppg) in helping the squad to a fifth-place finish. Thomas' Team USA U16 won the tournament in Argentina, and his U17 squad won the gold medal in Hamburg, Germany.
Florida's Billy Donovan is Team USA's U18 head coach, and he will be assisted by Gonzaga's Mark Few and VCU's Shaka Smart.
Joining Goodwin on the 12-man roster were Nathaniel Britt II, Sam Dekker, Jerami Grant, Montrezl Harrell, Jake Layman, Rodney Purvis, Julius Randle, James Robinson, Marcus Smart, Jarnell Stokes and Rasheed Sulaimon.
Goodwin, who signed with the Tigers in November of 2011, completed his senior campaign at Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur, Ga. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward helped lead the Panthers to their first Georgia Class AAAA state title game this past March, finishing as state runner-up with a 22-10 overall record. He had 12 points, seven boards and three blocks in the state championship contest.
For the 2011-12 season, he averaged 21.2 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks. Goodwin, who shot 74 percent from the field, posted 26 double-doubles in 32 games.
Goodwin, who was the Atlanta Journal Constitution slam dunk champion, played in the McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago, Ill., in late March. Goodwin's appearance in the game was the third-straight year the Tigers had a signee in the prestigious event. He was named to the Georgia Class AAAA All-State and 6AAAA All-Region first teams in addition to the Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Metro first team (DeKalb).
Prior to his senior campaign, Goodwin was rated among the top-50 players in the country. ESPN.com ranked Goodwin the No. 26 player in the nation, No. 6 power forward in the country and No. 2 player in the state of Georgia. In the Rivals.com rankings, Goodwin was rated the No. 44 player in the nation and No. 10 power forward in the country.