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Goodwin turns focus after photo fallout

Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:00 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:44 pm

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Lost in the story about John Pelphrey being fired by Arkansas and the picture he took with a prospective recruit was the recruit himself.

Archie Goodwin, ranked No. 18 in the nation by, was the player in the photo. Of course, the fallout from the photo is the last thing the 2012 prospect wants to talk about – he’s ready to focus on the upcoming AAU season.

Based on his school list, it’s obvious his recruiting has not been affected.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Sylvan Hills (Ark.) is hearing from Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Connecticut, Georgetown, Tennessee, Auburn, Marquette and Texas.

Goodwin said he doesn’t have a top 10 or a leader at this point, but four schools pique his interest the most.

“All of them are coming pretty hard, but schools like Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and UConn are always going to stand out,” he said.

Goodwin has taken unofficial visits to Kentucky, Arkansas, Baylor, Memphis and Tennessee. While he enjoyed his time at each school, one of the trips was slightly more memorable.

“Kentucky,” Goodwin said. “I really enjoyed it down there. All of them were great, but Kentucky was really good.”

Only a junior in high school, Goodwin has no plans to make a decision anytime soon. He said he would wait to take more visits and then choose a school sometime next year.

“A school that’s going to challenge me on and off the court, and [one] that is family-oriented,” he said when asked what he was looking for in a school.

During the high school season, Goodwin led Sylvan Hills to a 25-4 record, averaging 28 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals per game. He was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Arkansas, but still has a sour taste in his mouth because of a loss in the state championship game.

“[Winning the award] felt pretty good,” Goodwin said. “The championship would have felt better though.”

Goodwin jumped onto the scene last spring at the NIKE Hoop Jamboree, and only solidified his status during an impressive summer. He is a very good player at both ends of the floor, using his aggressiveness and athleticism to score at will offensively. Defensively, he has good size and length, as well as the will to guard opponents.

His two weaknesses are strength and 3-point shooting, but he is making a point to improve while on the AAU circuit with the Arkansas Wings.

“Getting stronger and improving my shot and ball-handling,” Goodwin said when asked what areas he was focusing on. “Doing pretty much everything.”

Always the consummate teammate, Goodwin’s biggest goal this spring and summer has nothing to do with a personal goal.

“I want to win the Peach Jam and to get some of our plays more out there in recruitment,” he said.


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Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:15 pm

Goodwin turns focus after photo fallout

The "family oriented' bit was a shot at UL for those wondering.

As for the rest of it.  This is what you get from UK fans and is the real reason they and their program are despised.  Not all that garbage about how much they have won. 

As a Florida fan, it should be easy, Florida has won more titles in 10 years than UK has been to Elite 8's....AND FLORIDA IS A FOOTBALL SCHOOL IN A BASKETBALL CONFERENCE. 

  For a school that hasnt won or done diddly squat since players recruited by the coach referenced in the aformentioned shot were there,  their fans run off at the mouth way too much.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:40 pm

Goodwin turns focus after photo fallout

nyjets113086, there is no "track record".  It's widely known by people who aren't idiots and read that Cal pretty much turned in Marcus Camby for taking money from agents and in neither of the cases that vacated wins from schools was Cal even implicated.

Since: Oct 13, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:01 am

Goodwin turns focus after photo fallout

KatinTexas, not hating on UK by any means here, but how can you argue with Cal's track record?  I don't have a dog in this fight, but it is a little naive to say that Cal runs a "clean, family oriented program."

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 7:59 am

Goodwin turns focus after photo fallout

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, Florida may have the most corrupt athletic dept in the nation......meanwhile, Calipari has never had ONE single NCAA infraction.....not even one.....he has precisely the same NCAA infraction record as John Wooden, Dean Smith, Bob Knight (although to my knowledge he doesn't choke, cuss, or throw things at his team), and Coach K; yet idiots like majorballgag keep hating....keep on talking nonsense....babbling.....

Cal runs a clean, family-oriented program that attracts talented players AND students (Brandon Knight for example)......everyone hates the Big Blue because we are , well, the Big Blue......don't hate use just because we have the winningest, highest-profile, most popular program in the nation.....and don't hate us because we THUMPED Florida like a ripe melon twice in the past 3 weeks........

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 5:34 am

Goodwin turns focus after photo fallout

Good thing there's no luxury tax for going over the salary cap in Lexington....

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2011 7:11 pm

Goodwin turns focus after photo fallout

He may as well go ahead and commit to UK because that's where he will be.

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