Jayhawks keeping tabs on Goodwin

As a top 20 prospect in the Class of 2012, Archie Goodwin is no stranger to attention. Tuesday night, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from the Natural State dropped 48 points in front of a crowd that included Kansas head coach Bill Self.

Archie Goodwin is no stranger to attention.

As a top 20 prospect in the Scout.com Class of 2012 rankings, he boasts interest from, well, pretty much everyone – including the Kansas Jayhawks.

This week, Kansas head coach Bill Self was one of several coaches on hand to watch the 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard from Sherwood (AR) Sylvan Hills High School drop 48 points in a win over Jacksonville (AR) North Pulaski.

With offers already on the books from the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Missouri and Tennessee, Goodwin claims no favorites at this stage in his recruitment, with a caveat.

"You're always going to have those big programs that stand out to you just because of the history and the coaches they have there," he said.

Though his schedule has been too full to permit many unofficial visits this season, Goodwin hopes to begin scheduling a handful once things begin to quiet down.

Where the Jayhawks are concerned, he said the coaching staff has been showing consistent interest throughout the process, with the two parties staying in contact frequently.

"I look at things like that, and it shows that they want me," Goodwin said, of seeing the coaches courtside for his games. "They're doing a pretty good job. I'm definitely going to make it up there (for a visit)."

Right now, however, the high school season takes priority, and the Bears are white hot heading into the home stretch. Boasting a 16-2 record overall including a perfect 8-0 in league play, Goodwin has seen his team take big steps forward this season.

In his own game, he's seen the most improvement in two particular areas.

"Just getting stronger and my shooting," Goodwin said. "I've extended my range pretty deep, and I'm shooting with confidence. You can just see it paying off for me."

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