By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari still thinks Archie Goodwin “will have a chance” to be picked in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft even though many draft analysts are noting that his stock has dropped because of concerns about his outside shot.
“He has a bunch of teams in the last first round all looking at him,” Calipari said.
Goodwin, who is still 18, is the youngest player in the draft (former teammate Nerlens Noel is the third youngest). Calipari says that helps him along with his “athleticism, toughness and ability to get to the rim.” The coach said the “last thing” teams look at is shooting and that will “not work as much against” him as many believe.
“I think he will be fine,” Calipari said.
The coach said he went over the “worst that can happen” draft scenarios when he talked with Goodwin at the end of his freshman season before he put his name into the draft and asked if he could deal with that outcome. He told Calipari he could.
“Would I rather have Archie back? Sure. Would I have thought it was in his best interest (to come back)? Maybe. But at the end of the day I give him information and he decides. He has to make it work. I can’t make it work. He has to have both feet in,” Calipari said.
The coach noted that sophomores Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein decided on their own to return to UK rather than test the draft.
“We didn’t have 10 meetings. They did it on their own,” Calipari said.