Yesterday, Archie Goodwin worked out for the Brooklyn Nets and got some pretty good reviews. According to Nets Director of Player Personnel Gregg Polinsky, Goodwin looked really good in the dribble drive, and was a “creator, athletic finisher at the rim with a good wing span.” Goodwin worked out alongside Reggie Bullock and Tony Snell, all three of which Polinsky says will be considered in the first round.
Archie told the NY Post’s Fred Kerber that he’s received good feedback in all seven of his workouts so far:
“I’ve gotten quality feedback. I’ve been one of the top guys, if not the top guy, in my workouts. So a lot of teams have been saying a lot of quality things,” said Goodwin who says his best NBA strength is “my attacking style. I’m very aggressive. I can get into the lane. I never had a problem with that, getting into the lane and making plays for teammates.”
Interestingly, he says he is best suited for the point guard position, despite being labeled as a two guard: “With the ball in my hands I can do a lot more. I like to operate with the ball in my hands. I’m a playmaker.”
Goodwin also told ZagsBlog’s Josh Newman that part of the reason he feels ready for the NBA is John Calipari:
“It definitely helped me because he expects so much from his guys. All the things he put us through during the year really helped me to transition from there to here. He’s a big factor. He talks to guys all the time for me, stays in their ear. He’s always a constant, nagging gnat towards these GMs in letting them know about me, so I appreciate him for that.”
Prior to his workout yesterday morning, a veteran NBA scout told ZagsBlog that Archie’s jump shot “needs a lot of work” and he’s got “a long, hard road ahead of him.” Archie says he’s got ten more workouts lined up before the draft, and although chose not to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season, the Cats are definitely a title contender:
“That’s a national championship contender. They have the talent, the toughness and the competitive spirit, so as long as they put all that together, they’ll be fine.”