Archie Goodwin Player Profile

Position: Guard/Forward
Height: 6-5
Weight: 181
School: Sylvan Hills High School
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
College: Kentucky
AAU Team: Arkansas Wings Elite

Goodwin was named MVP of the 2012 Arkansas 5A state championship game, scoring 27 points to lead Sylvan Hills H.S. to its first ever state title
(Nike Basketball)

March 14, 2012

If you are a high school or college basketball fan, chances are you have heard of or read about 6’5” guard/forward Archie Goodwin. Bound for the University of Kentucky in 2012-13 and selected to the 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game and the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic, Goodwin will travel to Portland, Ore., in a few short weeks to play for his country in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit on April 7.

The USA will be looking to defend its two-game winning streak and an 11-3 overall series lead over the World Team, and Goodwin will be one of 10 U.S. players charged with stopping the 11 elite 19-and-under international players that comprise Nike’s World Select Team.

It won’t be his first taste of international basketball, and it certainly won’t be his first big game. Just this past weekend, in fact, Goodwin scored 27 points to lead Sylvan Hills High School to an Arkansas Class 5A state title, the first boys basketball championship in school history.

An owner of two AAU national titles as well, Goodwin spent a few minutes talking with USA Basketball in our first Nike Hoop Summit player profile.

Do you know many of your USA teammates?
I know a few of them. I’m quite familiar with Gary Harris, Shabazz Muhammad and Rasheed Sulaimon. Out of all of the guys, those are the guys that I’ve played against on the circuit, or that I’ve played on teams with and have become close friends.

What do you expect in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit?
I have watched the game for the last three or four years. I remember watching Brandon Knight in 2010 and Austin Rivers last year. I’ve seen a few games, and it seems like a very fun, interesting game because there is a lot of competition. Just because the World Team isn’t from America, doesn’t mean they can’t play. All of the international teams have put up a good challenge against the USA. So, I’m looking forward to the competition.

What do you think of international rules?
I played under international rules once this past summer at the Nike Global Challenge in Oregon. So, I’m familiar with the rules – no one-on-one free throws, a different ball and the rule about knocking the ball off the rim. I don’t think adjusting to international rules will be too much of a challenge because it’s still the same game. The knocking the ball of the rim rule is really that only one I don’t like, because some of those shots would be points for your team.

What made Kentucky a good fit for you?
I feel that with their dribble-drive offense it was a great fit, because I’m more of a dribble-drive type of guy. It just fits into my style perfect. And then, being around a lot of great players is just going to make me have to work for it and play my hardest at all times.

What is your favorite training routine or drill?
I train different ways to keep my body guessing. I work out several times a day, but I train a different way to make sure I keep my body guessing – continually improve my body instead of getting stagnate.

What is your least favorite training routine or drill?
One thing I do hate to do is when I’m lifting weights, I hate to work on my shoulders because they burn so bad when I’m done. But, I know that it’s going to benefit me in the end, so I still go do my thing, work out and do it as hard as I can.

Where is the most room for improvement in your game?
You can never be too good at anything. I would just say continuing to improve my shot, getting stronger, getting faster and trying to do all of the necessary things to make myself a more complete player and make sure I get to the highest level that I can.

Who do you most like to be compared to?
I don’t like comparisons, because I like to think of myself as having my own style, but I’ve heard lots of different names. I’ve heard Dwyane Wade. I’ve heard Rajon Rondo with his jumpshot. I’ve heard Kevin Durant. And then a few coaches at the college level told me that I remind them of Michael Jordan when he was in high school.

What helps you stay motivated?
I just feel like my motivation is to be the best I can be, to try and be the best to ever play the game. That’s what I’m striving to do. I know it’s a hard task, but I like going for the biggest challenge in life because at the end of the day it’s going to make me a better person. And I know that I will have given it my all instead of thinking ‘what if?’ So, as long as I don’t have to deal with what if, I feel like a complete person.

How did you finish your high school season?
We played for a state title this past weekend, and we won. That is my first state title, but I have two AAU national championships. It felt great, knowing it was the first state championship that my high school has ever won in the history of the school. We did it coming off of a year when we should have won it last year but didn’t. We came back and accomplished a lot of things. We won 17 games in a row. We won two conference championships. So, you know, it’s just a great way to end your senior season getting a ring.

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