Brian offered his thoughts on the Archie Goodwin comments yesterday. I’ve decided to share my own comments.
When I interviewed the former Kentucky Wildcats combo guard over the phone a few weeks ago, I thought about asking him if he ever gave a second thought to jumping to the NBA rather than staying in school. In the end, I decided not to do so.
There’s no denying that it was rough to watch Goodwin during his sole season at Kentucky. But to blame his draft stock in the Cats playing in the NIT instead of the NCAA Tournament is where I have problems. I would suppose that I am not alone in this regard.
If Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari had known that Goodwin was not ready for the primetime or that Ryan Harrow would have been a bust, he would have surely talked Marquis Teague into coming back another season. I think that’s really what the issue was. Goodwin had to run the point because of Harrow’s isssues rather than play the 2 guard position. In that way, he can’t be blamed.
To look back on last season and see Goodwin led the entire team in points per game is surprising because I didn’t remember him being ON for that many games. When Archie was on, he was on. Perhaps he would have benefited by returning for another season like Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein did.