Goodwin Working His Way Up

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Archie Goodwin does everything on the basketball court at full speed.

He gets up and down the floor fast. He crashes the boards hard like a forward. He's even the first person to sprint over to a fallen teammate and help them off the ground. To the 6-foot-4 2012 shooting guard prospect for the Arkansas Wings 16U, the longer you run and the faster you go, the sooner the other team gets worn out.

"My philosophy is that you have to outwork your opponent," Goodwin said. "If you outwork your opponent, nine times out of 10 you're going to win the game."

A lot of athletes talk about playing hard but Goodwin means what he says. Against the St. Louis Eagles Tuesday afternoon at the Peach Jam, Goodwin dictated the tempo of the game, relentlessly pushing the ball up the floor and forcing the Eagles to react. Defensively Goodwin trapped and scrapped, earning his share of floor burns diving for loose balls.

Playing in front of several college coaches including Bruce Pearl and Jerod Haase, Goodwin caught the eye of those in attendance, scoring 32 points with most of his buckets coming on driving lay-ins and dunks.

"He's very athletic and he's the best player I've seen in Arkansas since Sidney Moncrief," Wings coach Derrick Williams said. "He plays the same way Sidney did when Sidney was in high school. He's a better shooter than Sidney was but Sidney was a better defensive player but Archie is getting better at that also."

With the defense unable to keep up with his first step, Goodwin wasn't forced to shoot much outside of five feet but both he and his coach said shooting wasn't a problem. Williams called Goodwin's jump shot "100 percent" better than it was last season.

"I can do it. I have no problem doing it, they just didn't really force me to do it," Goodwin said. "I didn't really have to shoot anything. They didn't really make me. But I can knock down the jumper."

Goodwin said he's interested in Baylor, Arkansas, Memphis, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tulsa and Kentucky but said he's not limited to those schools. Shortly before coming to Augusta, Goodwin was contacted by the North Carolina staff and said he was excited about hearing more from them.

"I like North Carolina. They have a good program," Goodwin said. "They didn't do too good last year but they still have a strong history. That's a good school and they have one of the greatest coaches of all time in Roy Williams so I like them, too, a lot."

When asked if he expected to hear from them in the coming months, Goodwin responded "Definitely, I hope so."

At 6-foot-4 Goodwin played almost exclusively on the wing Tuesday but said he can play anywhere on the perimeter including the point guard spot. Williams said he thinks Goodwin might eventually end up as a lead guard down the road.

"I think he's a stud on both sides of the ball and maybe a pro at the one," Williams said.

Goodwin has a wiry frame, weighing in under 190 pounds, and Williams said the next step for him be to get into the weight room, get stronger and continue working on his jumpshot. Williams holds skill training sessions for players on his team and says Goodwin is there every time the doors are open.

"That's the type of attitude he's got," Williams said.

When asked Goodwin said he's focusing on his ball handling, shot and strength this summer but more than anything he wanted to focus on staying humble.

"Not many kids get this opportunity," Goodwin said. "It's just a blessing to have all these coaches come to watch us play and let me showcase my skills to the best of my abilities. I'm just happy to have this chance."

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