Vaught: Snow thinks Goodwin is "perfect fit"

Snow: "(Goodwin's) biggest upside is as a scorer. Flat out the kid can score at a high level, and I don't see that ever changing."

Archie Goodwin, one of the nation's top 20 high school prospects, made it official that he will play at Kentucky when he signed with the Wildcats Tuesday during a ceremony at Sylvan Hills High School in Little Rock, Ark.

Goodwin told The Arkansas Democrat Gazette that signing has "taken 1,000 pounds off my shoulders" and that he was "glad to get it over with" so he can focus on his senior season. He averaged 25 points, five rebounds, five assissts and and two steals last year when he helped his team reach the Class AAAAA state title game.

Goodwin picked UK?over Connecticut, Kansas, Arkansas and Memphis. There had been some late speculation that Goodwin, a shooting guard, might be wavering on his commitment but he ended that suspense Tuesday. national recruiting analyst Brian Snow thinks Goodwin is another "perfect fit" for coach John Calipari's system at Kentucky.

"Calipari's system, honestly, the last two years has been far closer to true ball screen motion than the dribble drive motion offense that he ran his final year at Memphis. Because of that Goodwin actually fits in perfectly," Snow said. "Coming off of a ball screen is what makes Goodwin so difficult to guard since he is explosive with his first step and his athleticism and strength allows him to go through people on his way to the rim.

"Goodwin will make an immediate impact. Now with that said, it slightly depends on who comes back, but the skills are there for him to have a major impact right away on the program. His athleticism is top notch, and in terms of going out and getting buckets, he does it as well as anyone in the class, and that counts for a lot."

Snow has no trouble listing Goodwin's strength.

"His biggest upside is as a scorer. Flat out the kid can score at a high level, and I don't see that ever changing," Snow said. "Also Archie is a very competitive kid who loves to win, and that is one of the most important factors in all of college basketball when looking at a prospect. He absolutely loves the game and loves big moments, so I think a big stage will only make him better."

Matt Suther, the AAU coach of UK signee Willie Cauley of Kansas City, thinks Goodwin is a nice addition for Kentucky as well.

"We only played once, but he obviously is a very gifted and talented player. He has a bright future. When you put guys like that together, you would think nothing but good things would happen in the future for Kentucky," Sauther said.

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