Kentucky coach John Calipari is focusing his efforts on a pair of guards from the class of 2012 during this year's Big Blue Madness festivities. KSR will be previewing these guards in this two-part series.
Leading off is Archie Goodwin, a WG that is slated to play the role of combo guard at Kentucky.
Goodwin became Kentucky's first commitment for the class of 2012 when he committed to Kentucky last month.
Goodwin's Scout profile states, "One of the better two-guards in the 2012 class, Goodwin, who stands 6-foot-4, possibly 6-foot-5, made his bones by attacking the basket and always playing an aggressive brand of basketball. Goodwin gets after it on both ends and plays with intensity of the defensive side of things. At this stage, Goodwin is a good shooter, but could still extend his range. Overall he's a talented scorer with some serious potential."
Scout has Goodwin rated as the #3 two guard in the class of 2012 and he is ranked as the thirteenth best prospect in the class overall.
ESPN's Paul Biancardi recently told KSR's Larry Vaught, "(Goodwin) is more than just a driver. He has a pull up jumper from midrange and is becoming more intuitive in his passing game from his penetration. Most importantly, he is one tough competitor. A scoring guard now with ability to play all three spots on the perimeter. A tremendous recruit for anyone because he brings the whole package to the program. Talent,traits of a competitor, academics and high character. He certainly fits the system of the dribble drive offense, pressure full court defense that lends itself to the transition game that Kentucky is so successful with."
KSR's Ron "Doc" Ball evaluated Goodwin last summer in Orlando.
Ball wrote, "Goodwin started the week strong with a 23 point performance. I watched him plenty last year and came away impressed. He gave me no reason to change that opinion. Few players his size get to the rim as well as he does. He is another player that would fit the system well."
All indications are that Kentucky is getting the total package with Goodwin.
Goodwin could also be a key to landing other players in the 2012 class, as the lone committed UK player to be in attendance for Big Blue Madness. Will Goodwin play the role of recruiter and help solidify the UK class?
Madness list of '12 guards short, part 1
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