Tag:Archie Goodwin
Posted on: September 21, 2011 12:04 am
Edited on: June 10, 2012 1:34 pm

Archie Goodwin commits to Kentucky

By Jeff Borzello

It’s been an exciting, confusing and interesting few weeks for Archie Goodwin.

He trimmed his list to 10, then eight, then five. Goodwin then said he would likely wait until the spring to make a decision, planning to take all five official visits before sitting down and then committing. On Monday, he suddenly dropped Connecticut and Kansas from his final five and said he would decide within a few weeks from between Kentucky, Arkansas and Memphis.

The whirlwind couple of days continued Tuesday night, when he sent out a tweet: “Everyone stay tuned tomorrow morning it’s going down!!!”

Everything culminated right before midnight on Tuesday, when Goodwin announced for Kentucky.

“If you don’t know by now, I’m a Wildcat!!!” Goodwin tweeted.

Goodwin, a 6-foot-5 guard from Sylvan Hills (Ark.), might be the best scoring guard in the country. He attacks the rim with reckless abandon whenever there is an opening, and he knows how to finish with authority. Goodwin is very difficult to stop off the dribble, and his first step is one of the best.

He should fit perfectly into Kentucky’s offensive system, which allows for creativity off the bounce. The Wildcats were often considered a favorite for Goodwin, although the in-state Razorbacks put a lot of their eggs in his basket. In the end, the allure of going to Lexington outweighed the nostalgia of staying at home.

Goodwin, ranked No. 6 by CBSSports.com, is the first Kentucky commit in the class of 2012. Some were worried about the lack of Wildcat pledges; those people shouldn’t worry any longer.

Photo: Paul Fimpel

Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:00 am
Edited on: September 9, 2011 10:04 am

Archie Goodwin hates green and gold

By Gary Parrish

Archie Goodwin is one of the top prospects in the Class of 2012 (and, you might remember, the player former Arkansas coach John Pelphrey was once photographed with in violation of NCAA rules). The 6-foot-4 wing from Arkansas has narrowed his list of potential schools to Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky and Memphis. But what I found most interesting is why Goodwin said he eliminated certain schools.

He talked to Evan Demirel about it recently.

I can appreciate Goodwin's candor.

Why not Texas?
“I did away with Texas simply because I didn’t feel like my relationship was strong enough with Coach [Rick] Barnes. I can see myself playing for Texas but I didn’t feel comfortable with him as my coach.”
And Missouri?
“I talked to the assistant coaches all the time. Coach Tim Fuller is one of the coolest assistant coaches I’ve ever known, but as far as the head coach, I really didn’t know his name. I couldn’t tell you the head coach’s name. He talked to me on the phone, but Tim was the one that mostly called.”
And Baylor?
“Coach Scott Drew is a great guy. I love Coach Drew. They were one of the first schools that were recruiting me. But I didn’t like that they were an adidas team, but that’s not to say I wouldn’t go to Kansas because Kansas is a great team. I can look over the adidas thing – I own some adidas stuff. I didn’t like their colors, either. I don’t like green and gold. That’s ugly …. When you got ugly colors like that, you gotta be Nike. …. Baylor has some ugly shoes, too."
(Note to Archie: Missouri's coach is Frank Haith. He used to be at Miami and worked for -- guess who? -- Rick Barnes at Texas before that.)
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:55 am
Edited on: July 14, 2011 6:34 pm

Hampered Archie Goodwin attracts attention

By Jeff Borzello

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Archie Goodwin was quickly becoming one of the top scoring guards in the country, ranking as perhaps the elite finisher in the class.

Then, in the All-Star Game at the Pangos All-American Camp in early June, Goodwin broke his left wrist and had to go on the shelf.

“It’s about 50 percent,” Goodwin said.

Despite the injury necessitating that Goodwin wear a protective brace on the wrist, the 6-foot-5 Sylvan Hills (Ark.) prospect refused to sit out the Elite Youth Basketball League finals at the Peach Jam.

Originally slated to miss four to six weeks, Goodwin suited up for the Arkansas Wings this week.

“I’ve been told a lot of times that it would heal faster if I sat out,” he said. “There was no question, I love the competition.

“I wasn’t going to let my teammates go to war without me.”

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That mindset has helped Goodwin impress even without the use of his left hand. He said it affects his ability to finish with both hands at the rim, and also impacts his off-hand dribbling.

The smooth and athletic wing hasn't stopped attacking the rim with reckless abandon, though. He is still playing aggressive, looking to beat his defender and get to the rim at every opportunity.

“It’s just instincts,” Goodwin said. “I’m a relentless guy. I’m going to try to dunk it. That’s the kind of guy I am.”

In terms of recruiting, Goodwin is taking his time. The No. 12 prospect in the latest CBSSports rankings has plans to narrow his choices down at the end of the summer.

“There’s a lot of schools,” he said. “The list is at about 20 now.”

Goodwin listed Kentucky, Connecticut, Baylor, Kansas, Arkansas, Memphis and Tennessee as the schools that have contacted him the most recently.

Unlike many five-star recruits who want a starting job on a silver platter, Goodwin is looking to work for whatever he gets in college.

“I want to go somewhere I feel comfortable,” he said. “And a school that’s not going to give me anything.”

Even if many schools want to.

Photo: Arkansas Wings

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

Goodwin turns focus after photo fallout

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 Scout.com, 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.

Photo: Premierball.com

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