On Saturday night, Archie Goodwin held his first professional autograph session, which meant that he was signing off on his amateur status as well. With the latest mock drafts projecting him to go in the late first or early second round, Archie’s decision has been a hot topic of debate over the past week. Archie opened up to LEX 18 about what made him choose to take the leap to the next level:
“I talked to my family and guys that I really value their opinion, my heart was telling me to leave. I felt like I did what I needed to do here. We might not have had the season that we wanted to have but I think I did enough to where I felt comfortable enough to leave. I felt if I came back here we would have had an even better team but at the same time, I just thought it was my time to go no matter if they were coming or a totally different class is coming.”
Archie said that he spoke with Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress about going pro, but in the end, each of their decisions were their own. Right now, he’s heard that he could go anywhere from the mid to late first round, a projection he hopes improves before June’s draft.
Best of luck to you, Archie.