Archie Goodwin, an 18-year-old out of Kentucky, was a part of one of the most embarrasing things that has ever happened at UK. He was a part of a team that lost in the first round of the NIT to Robert Morris. He had a good performance with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 steal but it was not enough to advance the Wildcats past the fighting Bobby Mo's. After that game many people assumed he would come back for a sophomore campaign. Archie declared for the draft and some UK fans were a little surprised by this.
Archie had some rough critics when he declared by telling them he will make them eat they feet. At the time that did not seem likely because many "experts" were predicting him to go into the second round. It started to look even worse when the only team to bring him back for a second work out was our Phoenix Suns. It did not look good for Archie but he eventually got drafted in the first round to our rebuilding team which is a really good fit for him. He can drive into the lane and if he can't get all the way he can pass it back out to one of our shooters, something he couldn't do at UK.
As a Kentucky fan as well I was thrilled to see Archie get drafted by the Suns because I felt like he could really got picked into the right system. I am a newer fan because of Archie and Eric Bledsoe both taking their talents to Phoenix, but I look forward to seeing them both in the Phoenix colors. I am really happy though for Archie because of how much his game has already gotten better with Phoenix. At UK he shot a very low 26% shooting average from behind the 3 point line and he did not hit a three in SEC play until our 14th conference game. As of right now he is hitting 77% from behind the line in the Summer League. He is also getting a little smarter with his choices and is moving without the ball better than he did all year at UK. Archie fits the professional game much better than college and he is already proving many doubters wrong with his play in Las Vegas. Many thought he would just be a role player and some even thought he wouldn't be in the NBA for all that long. So I am asking you where do you see Archie being in 5-6 years?