Goodwin making Sherwood (AR) the place to be

Not every teen is blessed with the ability to draw college coaches to his high school like moths to a flame, but Archie Goodwin is one of those rare few.

Such is life for one of the elite junior hoops prospects in the entire country. And though Goodwin doesn't let himself get caught up in it, he admits that the procession of college programs through the gym at Sherwood (AR) Sylvan Hills High School can be, well...

"It's pretty cool," he said. "I try not to focus on it too much, but as far as just thinking about it, it is pretty cool. Those are the coaches you see on TV every day."

In recent weeks, coaches from the likes of Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Memphis, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Tennessee have all made trips to the Natural State to check in on Goodwin.

This weekend, Scout.com's #4 ranked shooting guard in the Class of 2012 will trip to Memphis for their Midnight Madness celebration. Though he gave some thought to attending similar season-opening festivities at Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina, the proximity of the Memphis program to his home – and his interest in the Tigers, of course, drew him east.

"I think that things are going pretty well for me so far," Goodwin said, of the recruiting process. "I still have to make a couple dates to visit a couple schools. Coaches are really expressing to me how much they want me, and I'm just working harder and harder."

Fortunately, he's got a solid support base to help him make sense of the madness, one that includes his mom, dad and stepdad, as well as his AAU and high school coaches.

The workouts and visits have made for an exceedingly busy fall, but Goodwin isn't taking it for granted.

"I have a pretty hectic schedule, having to see all these college coaches and everything," he said. "I'm just blessed that I have this opportunity and get to have this experience."

Though no other visits have been set, Goodwin hopes to make trips to Baylor, Kansas, Missouri, Ole Miss and Texas – among others – in the near future.

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self is scheduled to stop by Sylvan Hills this week, before practices officially begin Friday evening.


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