10 - Archie Goodwin

6-5, 189 Shooting Guard
Kentucky Freshman
08/17/94 (28.3 yrs)
Little Rock, AR
High School
Sylvan Hills
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Terrence Williams/Tyreke Evans

Strengths: Shooting guard with elite quickness and athleticism who flashed immense talent in his freshman season, frequently blowing by defenders and converting plays at the rim with dunks … Has excellent body control and shows a strong ability to finish on the move, knifing through the lane and contorting his body to elude defenders … Displayed a nice crossover, as well as a step back, fade away jumper that he utilized on occasion … At his best when he can isolate and get by his man and find an angle to the basket … Huge wingspan and excellent athleticism makes him a strong finisher at the rim … A true boom or bust type of prospect who early in FR season was widely projected as a one and done lottery pick … Excellent handle for a shooting guard and when combined with a quick first step, he becomes a handful for opposing shooting guards to contain off the dribble … Shows the ability to drive right and left and his ball handling ability is one of his most intriguing assets, showing a lot of room for improvement … Has tremendous length with a 6’10 wingspan, essentially allowing him to play an inch or two bigger than his 6’4 size … Shows a solid ability to shoot off the dribble when he can develop a rhythm, as opposed to spotting up or coming off screens. Still better at creating shots than making them … His length and quickness gives him a lot of defensive potential … Does not suffer from lack of confidence. If anything, he is overconfident in his abilities … His upside is considerable, but there are a lot of variables that must be addressed for him to get there …

Weaknesses: Extremely raw … Doesn’t seem to fully understand how to utilize his physical gifts yet, which is why him leaving after one season is a definite head scratcher … Jumpshot is flat, low trajectory, and lacks a fluid release … His shooting motion is in need of reconstruction as he sort of slings the ball with a release that lacks touch or consistency … Inability to shoot is a major concern, making Goodwin a likely long term project as a NBA contributor … Defenders will be able to sag off him and dare him to shoot, thus neutralizing his driving ability until he resolves his shooting issues … Makes a lot of highlight plays, but gets caught up in playing hero ball far too often and loses touch with team basketball … Was used at the point guard position when Ryan Harrow sat early in the year and his lack of point guard skills became very apparent … Lacks great vision, which is a major detriment considering he is so ball dominant … Decision making came under fire as he had numerous games where he forced things, with out of control drives bowling over defenders, and drawing charges and turning the ball over … "I can’t coach you" was a documented quote that Coach Cal said to Goodwin at one point late in the season. There are legitimate concerns about Goodwin’s coach-ability and maturity level. Therefore how well he interviews and tests with team’s psych evaluators will be crucial for him … Still has a long ways to go in learning to play off the ball, how to set up screens and spotting up … Basic Shooting Guard 101 … A strong candidate to be a second contract contributor … His lack of readiness creates a real fear and it could be 3-4 years down the line before a team is able to capitalize on his upside … With his proficiency at getting by defenders and into the paint, it would benefit him to develop a runner in order not to draw charges or get shots blocked by Oak Trees in the paint … While a solid defender in college due to his top shelf athleticism and length, he could become much better with some attention to fundamentals and not gambling on steals … His defensive ISO numbers were poor as he bites on fakes and reaches too often … Hit just 17 of 64 three pointers on the season, 26.6% … 64% from the line is on the low end for a 2 guard, and it would benefit him greatly to improve on it as a guard that thrives on attacking the basket …

Notes: Would have benefitted from a 3-4 year college experience as it will be more difficult for him to shore up his weaknesses against NBA athletes … Playing at Kentucky was a double edged sword. On one hand it was the perfect system to showcase his immense athleticism while covering up his deficiencies: as much as any team could. The negative was, he was always on the one and done program, which now appears to be to his detriment … Due to the incoming class of recruits (Harrison Twins and James Young) there really was no room for Goodwin to come back to Kentucky … Nike Hoop Summit Measurements: Hgt w/ shoes: 6’5, Hgt w/o shoes:  6’3.5, Wgt: 195, W-Span: 6’10, Reach*:  8’4.5

Aran Smith 5/3/13

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