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Archie thinks he can play right away


Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal spoke to Archie Goodwin last night shortly after finding out he would become a member of the Phoenix Suns. Celebrating in Little Rock with his friends and family, Archie told the C-J“It was just a relief just to hear my name. It’s been a long night, so just to hear your name called is amazing, and it’s a situation I feel like I can play right away.”

The Phoenix Suns can’t comment on the acquisition until the deal is finalized, but Jeff Hornacek must be pleased. Following one of Archie’s two workouts with the team prior to the draft, the Phoenix head coach said, “You can see he’s got the feel. He’s a guy out there that with some work and a couple of years, he can be a very good player.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

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24 Comments for Archie thinks he can play right away

  1. d00d
    11:37 am June 28, 2013 Permalink

    yeah, drive the lane in the NBA with that head down, Joe Crawford-style action and see what happens.

  2. Musehobo
    11:38 am June 28, 2013 Permalink

    I hope he does well, if nothing more than all the UK “fans” who have ragged on him since he left. I didn’t especially like him while he was here, but he was one of us, and is entering the NBA as a Wildcat. He’s not leaving us like Wiltjer is (still like him), or screw us over like Orton did. He played hard while he was here, he just struggled. For all of those who were bashing him, the kid’s got a guaranteed contract now. I’m very happy him for him. He may have made a VERY GOOD business decision this year.

  3. TheLaw
    11:49 am June 28, 2013 Permalink

    1 – Sit in your cube at work and keep your mouth shut. Congrats Archie!

  4. Ryan
    11:56 am June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Hornacek said he can see he has a feel? If there was one thing you could see while he was at UK was that he struggled with the feel for the game. He may have the tools but has a long way to go in the feel category. Extremely frustrating player to watch at UK but hope nothing but the best for Archie.

  5. KG
    11:58 am June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Give em hell Archie. Time now to lace em up tight and go to work on your game. BBN is pulling for you.

  6. Inquiring Mind
    11:58 am June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Any update on what is next for Mays in trying to make it on a team? How does the Nets trade situation affect him?

  7. Boogie
    12:00 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Archie Goodwin entered the draft because he was scared to compete with Aaron Harrison for the starting spot at the 2 guard. If he’s scared to compete with an 18 year old right out of high school what would make me think he’s going to compete with NBA players. We won’t be hearing his name in 5 years.

  8. Ridge Runner
    12:00 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Archie may have done more for us last night than his entire year last year. Recruits see he was picked in first round.

  9. Ridge Runner
    12:01 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t mean (8 comment) in a bad way although it may have came across that way.

  10. blueinbardstown
    12:03 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    8- actually a very good comment when you think about it.

  11. theSkinny81
    12:07 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    4 – I’m willing to bet he’s got a better feel for the game than you.

  12. UKBlue
    12:07 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Dude you’re going to the D League; the only way you make it to the league is because the Suns are so bad.

    #8 You’re right, but at the same time, he only got picked because the draft was so bad.

  13. theSkinny81
    12:08 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    8 – Ridge, I honestly thought the same thing. Even in a tough year, you’re still likely to be drafted first round.

  14. Ridge Runner
    12:14 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    13, exactly. You stated my intent perfectly, skinny.

  15. Mc
    12:21 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Next year recruits are going to see about 6 Cats drafted in the first round. Maybe 7.

  16. Mc
    12:22 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    *Kentucky Wildcats of course

  17. Austin
    12:22 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    This is not a knock on Archie, although it will come off that way. If I want to be the worst team in the NBA, one step would be to give Archie Goodwin minutes next season. I think that is actually pretty likely to happen. He will start out in the D-League, and then they will probably trade a few guys and try to dump some salary and get as bad as possible around the trade deadline. This is the very best team Archie could have gone to. It is scary that he might be the most talented player on Phoenix. He should get enough of an opportunity to establish himself as an NBA player. I hope they take it slow with him. He seemed somewhat fragile last year, in that his confidence went up and down. That is to be expected from a freshman, but it will likely be the case for a few years in the NBA where the learning curve is even steeper. Just put in work Archie. You can make it, just gotta keep on working.

  18. Musehobo
    12:32 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    I guess what doesn’t make sense to me, are the people that feel like they need to “express” their opinion on how bad Archie will be. You don’t state it like you’re predicting the harsh truth, but more like “I told you so”. Why do you have such hostility toward him? Is it because he didn’t seem coachable? Or is it because he made it seem as though he would return and left? Neither one of those things should spurn such hatred from the BBN. One thing Archie did was give it his all every day on the court for our team. There is no reason we should act like he is bad guy. Show some class and wish him luck.

  19. Ryan
    12:35 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    11 – Did you watch him play last year? If having a good feel is lowering your head and throwing up impossible shots then he had a great feel for the game. He had no feel for where his teammates or deffenders were at on the floor and if that continues in the pros he will get exposed real quick and find himself in the D league.

  20. mudcreekmark
    12:35 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink


  21. RahRah
    12:42 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    I’m just going to agree with everything Musehobo & Ridge have said here. How can it not be good for recruiting versus where Siva was drafted as point guard on a championship team? Go Coach Cal!
    And Burrrrr………….

  22. Cotton Nash
    1:16 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Archie is da man!!!! Some of these morons will be wiping egg off their faces a few years down the road when Archie will STILL BE in the NBA. Archie was the second best player on last year’s team after Nerlans. And he played his heart out. And he loved the Big Blue. Then only to have some of these dimwits (so-called fans)hate on him. Some of the same fans treated Terrence Jones the exact same way. Shows just how much they know about basketball. Herd mentality,..embarassing to the BBN.

  23. DH
    1:27 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    22) What do you expect from people that insist that Jon Hood can be our savior and should be playing 30 minutes a game? Congrats and best of luck, Archie. It’s a shame that you have to prove yourself to people that should be your fans.

  24. PhilUK18
    3:11 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Congratulations to Archie. If he can get that shot straightened out and work on listening to his coaches more, I think he will turn out to be a respectable pro. I wish he would spend some time in the D League to get things figured out a little, but I don’t see it happening given it was the Suns that took him. Good luck to a very talented but frustrating former Cat.