- Attacks the rim
- Length (6-foot-10 wingspan)
- Gets to the free-throw line a lot
- Has potential to be solid defender
- Jump shot needs work
- Has to make a higher percentage of free throws
Goodwin surprised some people when he declared for the draft, especially after he told the media Kentucky’s freshmen would be “delusional” if they left school early. But perhaps seeing a crowded perimeter group at Kentucky next year, he took the plunge. Goodwin could have used another year in school, but even though he’s so raw a prospect, he’ll be a first-round draft pick. His potential to become a lockdown defender and his athleticism in the half court and in transition will translate to the NBA, but he’s going to have to improve the accuracy of his jump shot.
Goodwin, who played shooting guard and point guard, led Kentucky in scoring, was second in assists and steals and third in rebounding and made the SEC’s All-Freshman team. But his season was marred by inconsistency. He started out playing as well as any freshman in the country, but once Kentucky got into conference games, he struggled (.408 FG, .184 3PT), because teams figured out they could play off him to prevent the drive and force him to try and make jump shots. He made just 33 percent of the 90 jump shots he took (per Synergy) and shot just .266 from the 3-point line. He was also turnover prone (101).
14.1 ppg | 4.6 rpg | 4.5 apg | 3.0 tpg | 1.1 spg | 31.8 mpg | .440 FG | .266 3PT | .637 FT
Goodwin was the third Kentucky freshman in the John Calipari era (after John Wall and Terrence Jones) to score in double figures in his first five games, including a career-high 28 against Morehead State and 22 versus LIU-Brooklyn in successive games.
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What Insiders Say
Kentucky coach John Calipari
"If he misses one shot, it leads to three more misses. He turns it over, he can't defend on the other end. But he's a freshman. He's doing well. He's gotten better as the year has gone on. Opening up his mind. Playing through mistakes. Playing through turnovers. Being in better balance and control. Slowing down your mind. It takes years to learn that."
What Outsiders Say
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy
“When I think of Archie, I don’t think of one area. I think of the total package. He is a great defender with length. He’s a timely shooter that Cal is trusting even more. When I think of him, I think it is the versatility that is his calling card.”