Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Archie Goodwin: UK Wildcat

Archie Goodwin
SG - 6'4" 181 lb. from Little Rock, Arkansas
#9 Overall in 2012 Class (Composite)

Averaged 28.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 3.0 steals as a junior with Arkansas Wings travel team.

Rivals Profile
#2 SG, behind Ricardo Ledo
#12 Overall

Scout Profile
#3 SG, behind Rasheed Sulaimon and Gary Harris
#13 Overall

Strengths: Attack Mode, Competitiveness, Defensive Presence
Areas for Improvement: 3-Point Range, Strength
One of the better two-guards in the 2012 class, Goodwin, who stands 6-foot-4, possibly 6-foot-5, made his bones by attacking the basket and always playing an aggressive brand of basketball. Goodwin gets after it on both ends and plays with intensity of the defensive side of things. At this stage, Goodwin is a good shooter, but could still extend his range. Overall he's a talented scorer with some serious potential.

ESPN Profile
#4 SG, behind Gary Harris, Marcus Smart, and Rasheed Sulaimon
#13 Overall
Grade - 97

The long athletic small forward has brought back comparisons of the last great player from the state in Joe Johnson because of the smooth way he plays the game. Goodwin is a multi-skilled forward who can put the ball on the floor to attack the rim or spot up for knock-down jump shots out to the 3-point arc. He has tremendous length on his side which he utilizes to rebound and defend. It looks as if all facets of the game come easy to him. Goodwin has a nice handle that gets him where he needs to go, and has improved his perimeter stroke from behind the arc.
Goodwin's game is tight for a young player with no glaring flaws. However, because he is so difficult to defend off the dribble he needs to continue to groove his shot from behind the arc and perfect his pull-up game as opponents give ground. He has all to tools to play the shooting guard position if he can be more consistent with his stroke and create for others off the bounce. Natural maturity will add 10-15 pounds to his long frame, but Goodwin needs to sell out in the weight room and he should make a major impact on the next level.
Bottom Line:
No player has taken advantage of the spring and summer evaluation periods to burst onto the national scene than Goodwin; this kid is a player and a winner. His team always seems to be in the final game of the tournament thanks in part to his competitive nature and unselfish play. Goodwin has blown up on the radars of major colleges simply because he played his way there. He is a producer that continues to climb the recruiting ranks.

Additional Profiles
#1 SG, #5 Overall

24/7 Sports:
#3 SG (behind Marcus Smart and Ricardo Ledo), #12 Overall, Grade - 97

Hardwood Elite:
#3 SG (behind Ricardo Ledo and Rodney Purvis), #9 Overall, Grade - 97
Archie Goodwin is a skilled shooting guard with good length and athleticism. He is a solid ball handler who does a good job of getting to the rim and finishing. He also has good range and is capable of knocking down three pointers. Goodwin has potential to be a very good defender and rebounder as well, but should work on getting stronger to maximize that potential.

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