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Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin (10) dunks the ball as Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt at the Southeastern Conference tournament, Friday, March 15, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin (10) dunks the ball as Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt at the Southeastern Conference tournament, Friday, March 15, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Many Kentucky fans think freshman Archie Goodwin made a mistake putting his name into the NBA draft. However, DraftExpress.com writer Kyle Nelson has an interesting analysis on Goodwin at www.draftexpress.com as part of the site’s analysis of the top prospects for the draft.

It’s well worth the read to get an unbiased opinion about Goodwin. But here are three paragraphs that might surprise you:

Goodwin shows excellent potential on the defensive end – guarding three positions at the collegiate level – primarily due to his good lateral quickness and excellent length. Consistency and focus are significant issues for him at times, as they are for many freshman wings, but that he does show the ability to fight through screens and stay involved after he has been beaten speaks well to his prospects. He was, by far, Kentucky’s best perimeter defender as a freshman, and scouts will be evaluating his ability to consistently stay in front of NBA-caliber shooting guards throughout the pre-draft process.

“While Goodwin presents quite a few weaknesses to scouts, it’s hard not to be intrigued the potential he brings to the table as an NBA prospect. Between his ability to get his own shot around the basket, his well above average physical profile, and his upside as a defender, Goodwin looks the part and already does a few things that NBA teams value highly in young players. That being said, his extreme youth, average fundamentals, inconsistency, and lack of comfort as a jump shooter will likely prevent him from contributing right away, making him more of a project than some expected him to be coming out of high school. Additionally, NBA scouts will want to do their due diligence surrounding his strange departure from Kentucky.

“At the end of the day, however, Goodwin shows a good amount of promise for an 18-year-old freshman. His draft prospects are far from sure at this point, but he has every opportunity to solidify himself as a first round pick with solid showings in pre-draft settings, and could certainly emerge as a steal later on in his career if a team is willing to be patient with his development.”

9 Responses to Draftexpress.com analysis of Archie Goodwin: “He has every opportunity to solidify himself as a first round pick”

  • UKFAN197TONE says:

    Strange departure? He came, he played…he left!

  • william t guy says:

    The sports writer is exactly right, strange departure is exactly what I would call it. He says after the robert morris game :I would be delusional to leave uk and yet thats exactly what he does. All draft boards say he more than likely will not go in first round. And lest us be fair, hes no weres near ready as his former team mates have indicated when interviewed. Saying each made there own decision that best suited them, even if some were not the right wons to make. This kid thought way to much of his self from day one and it showed in his play and in the teams play. When we would have a 3 on 1 break what does he do trys to take it all the way and gets called for offensive foul, traveling, or the ball got stolen. No more high light reel lob plays like we were used to seeing. Every one seen when polson or some one else who wasnt selfish with the ball led the breaks result lob dunk. No I would say archie didnt fit well into cals system and they clashed alot. That will never be made public but archie was prob. very un coachable and a true headache cal is very glad to be rid of. I know we here in big blue nation are. And another sad thing is if archie had played his role he wouldnt have left ryan harrow out to dry. At times I seen more signs of caring about winning from ryan than I ever did archie. Anyways glad hes gone and ready for some twin power !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tim Kathlina says:

    Archie couldn’t guard even the slowest 3 position players in college. DraftExpress has obviously never watched him play. Time and time again other teams got to the rim against Archie with zero difficulty.

    I wish Archie the very best, but it will take a lot of maturing by Archie and ability to rise above long odds against him to be a player in the NBA.

    NBA teams just don’t need a 3 guard that can’t stop anyone, can’t shoot, and doesn’t listen to his coach. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

  • grant says:

    must be a weak draft.

  • Rock Wipper says:

    Tim Kathina: What is a “3 guard”? Lol. Goodwin was the best perimeter defender on the team this year, can finish extremely well in traffic, led the team in scoring, and can handle the ball very well. He was only a freshman as well.

    He is only 18, and the draft is about potential. Teams draft on what they think a player will be like in 3 years. Goodwin will get drafted in the first round, and will have a long NBA career. He will be a very effective scorer and defender at the 2 position in the NBA. He won’t fall far in the first round.

  • Tony says:

    this was anything but a “strange departure” for Goodwin. He stated when asked why he came to UK by that it was a “business decision” knowing full well he was only staying one year. good luck to the kid and I hope he represents UK in a positive manner.

  • Karen Sprinkle says:

    Best of luck to Archie. When he chose to do it, he was a good defender.

  • Seymour says:

    Can anyone say Rajon Rondo? IIRC he could not shoot outside of 10 feet, but somehow he has managed to hang on to a roster spot on a competitive team. IMHO Goodwin is doing exactly what he should be doing and the last few games of this campaign. he pretty much carried the team.

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