Goodwin Emerges At Hoop Jam

Archie Goodwin caught the eye of scouts at the 2010 Nike Hoop Jamboree. The talented shooting guard had a big week and proved to be a high major prospect.

Every year a number of underclassman emerge on a national stage at the Nike Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis. This year one of the guys that rose from a relative unknown to a sure fire top 50 prospect was 2012 prospect was Archie Goodwin.

A junior-to-be at Sherwood (Ark.) Sylvan Hills, Goodwin is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard. Over the course of the past he's gotten better and he attributes his improvement to hard work.

"I've definitely improved a lot from last year," Goodwin said. "Last year I wasn't near as strong as I am now. I'm quicker and just an all around better basketball than I was. Last year I didn't shoot it good and my free throw percentage wasn't good."

"This year I've been in the gym just about every day and I'm just getting better and better every day," he added. "I've improved a lot since last year."

Those improvements were on display in St. Louis at the Nike underclassman camp. Goodwin shot the ball well from mid and long range, and scored it at an impressive rate throughout the four-day camp.

"I got a lot of good feedback from the Nike people and other people that were talking to me there," Goodwin told "I think I showed my talent and what I can do. I knocked down shots and I think I proved that I can play with the best and that I was one of the best at the camp."

Goodwin, who plays with the Arkansas Wings, said as his high school season went on college programs began showing more and more interest. He even picked up a handful of scholarship offers.

"I've gotten a lot of attention," he said. "Now I have offers from Arkansas, Tennessee, Memphis and Baylor. Ole Miss, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M then Cleveland State and some others have been showing me interest."

"I've been getting recruited since I was in 8th grade, but I just started getting into within the last year," he added.

Goodwin has already taken unofficial visits to Baylor, Oklahoma, Memphis and Tennessee. He had trips scheduled to Baylor and Oklahoma State, but was forced to cancel those visits.

"Since I couldn't go to this week to Baylor and Oklahoma State, I'm probably going to try and go next week," Goodwin said. "Then I might go down to Memphis again. I'm going to Tennessee in September for a football game. It's still up in the air when I'm going to go to Ole Miss, Tulsa and Texas."

Although it's still early in the process, there are a few schools starting to separate themselves from the pack.

"I'm really liking Memphis and Tennessee right now," the talented guard said. "I like Arkansas too. I'm a huge Razorback. Baylor is looking good too, but Arkansas, Tennessee and Memphis are really looking good right now."

What sticks out about Arkansas, Tennessee and Memphis?

"They are just showing interest," he said. "They showed me the type of environment they have their players around. They work and improve. They don't take nothing but the best. That's what I need. I want a coach and coaching staff that will let me know what I need to work on and will keep me working hard."

Goodwin says not to expect a college decision from him for quite some time.

"I'm not going to make my decision until my senior year," he said. "I'm going to see what opportunities that come for me. I want to see where I can play and has the major I want. I'm just going to wait it out."

Goodwin, who said he'd like to major in sports broadcasting, will be busy in July with the Arkansas Wings. They'll start off at Peach Jam then go to the Super Showcase and AAU Nationals in Orlando.

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