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By LARRY VAUGHT
He was a highly recruited player who could have had his pick of almost any school in the country. However, even if Kentucky fans didn’t know it, Arkansas guard Archie Goodwin never really considered signing with anyone else.
“It was a very easy decision for me to come to Kentucky,” said Goodwin, part of UK coach John Calipari’s latest No. 1 recruiting class. “I looked at the way that the system runs and is incorporated and it fits me just fine. Coach Cal was looking for a guy that will get it done and I will do that.”
Goodwin’s stepfather, Datron Humphrey, says few people know that Goodwin followed Calipar’s coaching career when he was the head coach at Memphis before coming to Kentucky.
“Everybody wants to play for Cal, but if you are good enough he will look at you,” Humphrey said. “He will find you. You do not have to look for him. Archie kept working hard. When he got knocked down, he got back up and went back to work.”
Humphrey thinks Kentucky is as good a fit for Goodwin as the player does.
“He liked that up and down tempo. He feel in love with that,” Humphrey said. “I pretty much thought the same thing. With the dribble-drive offense that coach Cal has and how aggressive he (Goodwin) is on the dribble it should be a pretty good fit.
“To be perfectly honest, it was Kentucky all the way for him without a doubt. Being from Arkansas, he had to keep it politically correct and keep Arkansas in the picture. But it was nothing against the folks here. He grew up watching coach Cal and that’s just how it happened. Kentucky was always first with him.”