By LARRY VAUGHT
Freshman Archie Goodwin had 16 points, two assists and two rebounds in his debut in Brooklyn against Maryland.
“A lot of the crowd looked like they were up against us which is something I wasn’t expecting. It was a great experience and it was a blessing. I would rather play in front of the crowd like that and play in front of a lot people. (Rapper) Jay-Z was courtside and a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to play with Jay-Z courtside,” Goodwin said.
He said it was not hard for him to defer to teammates instead of shooting. He was 3-for-8 from the field and 9-for-11 at the foul line.
“It is different but it’s not something that I mind doing. I am not a selfish player. Anything that I can just do for us to get a win, I will do,” Goodwin said.
Calipari played Goodwin said at the point and likely will again tonight. Former walk-on Jarrod Polson also had 10 points in 22 minutes against Maryland and Calipari emphasized he will not hesitate to use him extensive minutes again. The UK coach said he may play Jon Hood more or that Twany Beckham, who seems over a back injury that has limited him, could play.
“There are all kind of lineups I might play. If they go big, maybe we will use Kyle (Wiltjer) at the three (small forward). There are a lot of possible lineups,” Calipari said.
However, he likes the ability Goodwin has to get to the rim when he’s at the point.
“That’s what we had with Tyreke (Evans) at Memphis. That’s the kind of stuff you want, because the guy with the ball can score any time he wants,” Calipari said. “I also like Jarrod at point guard and moving him off the ball. I like Julius there, too, because he is so steady because he makes the right shots and plays and is never in a hurry.”