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Archie Goodwin Next on Cal’s “Hype List”

As he often does before big games, or even before the season starts, Cal has hopped on the Hype Express to start talking up his players in very early preparation for the 2013 NBA Draft.  While some coaches like to put the “hype” in “hyperbole,” with Cal, it’s often the case that what he says is a hundred percent accurate.  Early in the pre-season, Cal spent a lot of time talking about under-the-radar freshman Willie Cauley-Stein, and how he would be better than most people expected.  He even asked Joe B. Hall how to play “Twin Towers” (we’ll call them Blanding and Kirwin).

Now, Cal’s shifted his focus to another of the freshmen: shooting guard Archie Goodwin.  It’s easy to pick any of the four guys coming in to rave about, but Goodwin is the latest to receive high praise.  According to Andy Katz’s 3-Point Shot:

2. Kentucky coach John Calipari loves to toss out platitudes of his newcomers before practice stars [sic]. He’s very impressionable and more times than not his hype sticks. He raved about Doron Lamb’s potential last summer and ultimately Lamb proved to be as vital a part of the national title run as any other player not named Anthony Davis. Well, the latest to receive the plug is freshman guard Archie Goodwin. Calipari said that Goodwin has a motor like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. That’s high praise since MKG’s motor was one of the reasons he was selected in the top 10 in the NBA draft. Goodwin is one of four freshmen (Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley, Alex Poythress) expected to play major minutes this season.

Coming off a national championship season, any comparison to last year’s team is a good one.  MKG’s hustle and attitude were as big a part of that team as Anthony’s wingspan, so hearing that Goodwin has a motor to match is great news.  We know that the team has already adopted the “Breakfast Club” tradition put in place last fall, and now it looks like Michael’s legacy will last a little longer in the locker room with Archie around.  We’ll see if Goodwin lives up to the hype this season, but if Cal’s track record is any indication, smart money says he will.  I’m already ready to see it.

Article written by Corey Nichols

12 Comments for Archie Goodwin Next on Cal’s “Hype List”

  1. Jdneedstoknow
    9:20 am September 11, 2012 Permalink

    I am ready to see it too. Can’t wait.

  2. Hawkeye Tim
    9:21 am September 11, 2012 Permalink

    220, 221…whatever it takes.

  3. BigBlueAces
    9:22 am September 11, 2012 Permalink

    BBall season cannot get here fast enough!

  4. barn
    9:26 am September 11, 2012 Permalink

    31 days 9 1/2 hrs

    9:38 am September 11, 2012 Permalink

    “top ten”? Top 2 !

  6. Archie
    9:57 am September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully Noel will be deemed ineligible before the season so my games actually count this year

  7. Some Guy
    9:59 am September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Please dont ever sell someone short on the draft spot when THEY ARE SECOND.. Come on man…. Top 10 WHAT???

  8. stan
    10:20 am September 11, 2012 Permalink

    #6, give it a rest. No problems with Noel,dig up something else.

  9. john4uk
    11:00 am September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Goodwin is quick on quick.In fact so is Noel and Poythress.This team is going to be a fun team to watch,and it will interesting to see their development over the season.

  10. Marcus L Owens
    11:48 am September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Goodwin is the most talented guard to play here since John Wall. Long arms, explosive leaper, slasher, attacks off the dribble, highly competitive, has a mean streak, willing passer, ELITE ATHLETE. Goodwin is not a shooter but he is a scorer; free-throws, lay ups, jumps shots– he will be one of the leading scorers, easy.

  11. Devastation INC
    12:25 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    top 10 Really??? You are a Top 10 Tard

  12. Linda Taylor
    12:44 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    I just wanted to point out the “top ten” phrase referring to MKG was a quote from Andy Katz and not a statement by Corey Nichols.