Jayhawks offer elite 2012 prospect

Since watching him explode at the Nike Peach Jam in July, Head Coach Bill Self and the University of Kansas have thrown their hat into ring with Arkansas shooting guard Archie Goodwin. Wednesday, the Jayhawks made their interest official by extending to him a formal scholarship offer.

As the finals of the inaugural Elite Youth Basketball League, the Nike Peach Jam was attended by coaches from virtually every major college basketball program in the country.

Held from July 12-15 in North Augusta, S.C., the event featured many of the top prep basketball prospects in the country – including 2012 Arkansas shooting guard prospect Archie Goodwin.

Goodwin's name and reputation have been known in recruiting circles for a while, but in North Augusta coaches and scouts got a long look at the talented junior, and it's no wonder they liked what they saw. As part of an Arkansas Wings team who quickly earned a reputation for relentless defensive pressure in the U16 division, Goodwin was a star, showcasing elite level athleticism and scoring ability in both the half-court and transition games.

The University of Kansas was one of the programs to scout him at the event, and ever since Head Coach Bill Self and his staff have ramped up their level of involvement in his recruitment.

"They send me letters just about every other day," Goodwin said. "I got a letter from them today in fact."

Though Wednesday's correspondence was a little bit different than the usual recruiting letter. It contained an official scholarship offer.

"It really was (exciting)," Goodwin said. "That's big, getting an offer from a team of that caliber."

The Jayhawks are the latest school to make an official push for Goodwin's services, joining an offer list that currently stands at more than a dozen.

Though it's still early in the process and he wants to see what other offers may come in, Goodwin does have a handful of schools that stand out right now, all of whom he is hoping to visit unofficially in the coming months. Those schools are Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Memphis, Missouri and Ole Miss – all of whom have offered scholarships.

As for the Jayhawks, the big-time perimeter prospect said the Jayhawks caught his eye last year with their exposure and talent level.

"I just like their style of play," Goodwin explained. "They always have good teams, good team chemistry, and that says a lot about a team."


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