Goodwin off to good start

Archie Goodwin had a spectacular showing at the Nike EYBL in Hampton.

It is impossible to know who will have all the best performances this spring, but one thing is for sure it will be tough to top what Archie Goodwin did down in Hampton. The Arkansas Wings Elite shooting guard was absolutely unguardable, and he gave yet another reason why he is one of the best players in the country.

Off the dribble it is nearly impossible to stop Goodwin. He is so explosive and so fast that he gets to where he wants on the floor. In AAU that really comes out more as the floor can spread by shooters, and defenders have to guard all five players, unlike during the high school season.

"It makes the game a lot easier for me and my teammates," said Goodwin about his ability off the dribble. "If the defenders help off I can get the ball to one of my shooters or to a big man down low. If they don't help then I have an easy drive to the lane or a pull up."

Recruiting wise things are going well for Goodwin. His school lists includes Arkansas, Baylor, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Kansas, Louisville, Florida State, Connecticut, and others. With so many top schools after him, Goodwin is just trying to keep a level head.

"I am just trying to get a lot better at everything I am doing, staying humble, and working on my game," said Goodwin.

He continued about his recruitment, "It has been just crazy. A lot of people are always talking about it at my school. Having all of the head coaches there it is just crazy."

One interesting twist to his recruitment was the coaching change at Arkansas. The Razorbacks under John Pelphrey had been all over Goodwin, and now he says the new staff is doing the same thing.

"I talked to them a couple of days after they got the job," said Goodwin of the new contact with Arkansas. "They told me that they are going to come at me even harder than they were now that they are at Arkansas, and to just be ready for it."

Even with Mike Anderson trying to make a statement by landing Goodwin, it is going to be a battle. Many of the top schools in the country have built in relationships with him, and Goodwin says he is going to take a serious look at everybody.

"I am giving everybody a fair chance," explained Goodwin. "I am just weighing my options and trying to figure out what I want to do. I am going to take visits and then go from there."

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