Today Coach Cal wrote a letter to the Big Blue Nation asking not to lose faith in Archie Goodwin and to realize that he is making progress. Watching Archie this year has been frustrating to say the least, but I do see where Cal is coming from and I feel bad for the guy honestly.
In the letter it says that Goodwin is completely invested in the program. Often he is the first in the gym and the last to leave. Cal compared him to DeAndre Liggins because of how he reverts to layups when the game gets hairy because he is an inconsistent shooter. He also called Goodwin “his own worst critic” and said he knows his flaws and weaknesses but old habits die hard.
Lastly, Calipari urged the BBN to back Archie and support him. I agree with this statement to the fullest. Archie Goodwin is an 18-year-old college student. That is stressful enough in itself – in addition to adjusting to a new environment and taking tougher classes, Goodwin is also playing basketball at one of the most elite programs in the nation.
Coach Cal said “It’s hard for me to get upset with a player who absolutely wanted to play for me and Kentucky, and who has a focus to get better. Does he get overwhelmed sometimes by being a player here? Yeah, he’s a freshman at the University of Kentucky. Wouldn’t you be?”
I can understand where Cal is coming from. I know I get frustrated and overwhelmed in college and I don’t even have the pressure to be a driving force on one of the best basketball teams in the nation. I think the best thing the BBN can do for Archie Goodwin is to stop criticizing and get behind him and this team. Criticism only tears down the players mentally.
Enjoy the ride, Big Blue Nation: This season is a growing process and while it isn’t always pretty, I personally will always love watching Kentucky basketball, so take it in.