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ESPN Blogger, Myron Medcalf, Weighs in on Archie’s Decision


Earlier today, Archie Goodwin announced his career decision to the world, declaring for the NBA Draft after just one season of college ball. To some, the decision was surprising as Goodwin previously stated that, “I don’t think I’m ready to go. … If any of us were saying we think we should leave, then we’d all be delusional.” Of course, given the historically weak draft class, his decision isn’t exactly surprising.  Such a decision has garnered attention from numerous national sources, one of which is ESPN’s Myron Medcalf. In a phone interview conducted with ESPN’s Cary Chow, Medcalf voiced his opinion on Goodwin’s departure, hesitantly calling it “the right move.”

In the interview, Medcalf further elaborated on why this was the right move, stating “[Archie] probably is not going to make any major changes in one off-season, from this year to next year.” Medcalf also covered a variety of other subjects in the video, including distribution of minutes on next year’s team, expectations for the newest recruits, and multiple other topics.

If you wish to listen to the entire interview, it can be found here.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

46 Comments for ESPN Blogger, Myron Medcalf, Weighs in on Archie’s Decision

  1. Smart Person
    9:09 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Dunk Contest link when baseball is over

  2. Harold
    9:12 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    The Goodwin decision demonstrates the joke of the NBA anymore. If this kid is NBA talent at THIS moment, there is no reason to watch the NBA again. Goodwin is talented, but he is not NBA talent as of today. Russ Smith could embarrass Archie. Entering the draft is proof that he cannot compete next year. Goodwin will be in Toyko or Germany next year, not Atlanta or LA.

  3. The Bank is Open
    9:12 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares what this joker thinks. He knows less about UK basketball I bet than the casual UK fan. People like him don’t look at the big picture; just because you get guaranteed money for going in the first round doesn’t mean you’ll be in the league long enough to cash in a second time.

  4. mountain man
    9:15 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Medcalf, covered Tubby for the local paper in Mn. All he knows is “Tubby ball”.

  5. Big Blue
    9:17 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink


  6. Homer
    9:17 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    After about a year Goodwin will be out of the league, out of a job, and out of money. I’m sure with a brain the size of a peanut he’ll have no concept of money-management, just as he had no concept of team basketball. Lack of money-management applies to at least 70-80% of these kids who think they’re ready for the real world.

  7. JTA
    9:25 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    So let me get this straight, he won’t be good enough to start/get a lot of minutes… he goes pro?

    That sounds about right……

  8. UK Freshmen
    9:26 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    It’s a Cards’ World and we all are just blessed to be a small part of it. Thank you, Card Fans.

  9. Lil c
    9:28 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #7…. Exactly!!! Lol… The whole situation is dumb as hell!!!!

  10. Bobbum man
    9:28 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Would be nice if this dumb baseball game would end so we can watch the dunk contest.

  11. L1C4
    9:32 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    If all of our players return, can u say repeat!

  12. darn
    9:34 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    why didnt james young or aaron harrison participate in the 3 point shoot out

  13. DirtyAl
    9:34 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    If the draft is so weak, does that mean Alex is gone too?

  14. Wow
    9:34 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Our UK women’s team sucks. Everyne talked them up all year. So, I decided to check it out. They are wearing their [email protected] for a hat. Talk about a beating.

  15. Powerball
    9:34 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    You people are missing the point. So what if Archie is a one hit wonder and not good enough to cash in a second contract. The point is, he will be a first rounder this year and financially stable enough to finish his degree if the NBA doesn’t workout. Not to mention, he can probably pay off all his family debt, which probably what he was raised to do. I wouldn’t mind winning the lottery one time in my life.

  16. Reason darn
    9:35 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    They are not very good three point shooter. More slasher, than shooters.

  17. Lil c
    9:39 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    # 16. They are also to small .

  18. Lil c
    9:42 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    15 you make no sence. Archie is on a full paid scholarship worth over $100,000. I’m sure his family debt has waited this Long, it can wait 3 more years. I think he needs to stay in college. If there ever was a 4 yr player….. He’s it!!!

  19. ONE EYE
    9:43 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    I will not pay for ESPN3…..SUCK IT ESPN!

  20. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:47 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    For any one to say Archie could not improve his game a lot is crazy. He is not a good shooter(he shoots a line drive). 2/3ths of the way through the SEC he had made 1 3pter. He is not a good defender, and dibbles with his eyes down. He had better stay at UK and develop his game if he wants a NBA CAREER.

  21. Cal
    9:48 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    This baseball game sucks

  22. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:49 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    dribbles for #20^^^

  23. Absurd
    9:51 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    This clown says Archie probably isn’t going to make any major changes from this year to next? That is ridiculous. His game would improve twice as much as it did from HS Senior to Freshman in D-1. If he needs the $$, then I get that. But someday like Archie being drafted in 1st round typifies the sad state of college bball and the NBA.

  24. Absurd
    9:53 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    ^ somebody

  25. Powerball
    9:53 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #18 – you make no sense*** How is he going to get better when he isn’t going to play? You saw what a year on the sidelines did for Ryan Harrow. Not a damn thing! He wouldn’t even go in the first round next year. Not sure about 2 and 3 years down the road… neither is he. Time for him to go. Deuces.

  26. djlnldmvkl
    9:55 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    This baseball game needs to die

  27. Bobbum man
    9:55 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Guess ill be watching the replay of the dunk contest @ 1….. Stupid baseball

  28. djlnldmvkl
    9:57 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Im going to fight clemson and north carolina’s entire baseball team

  29. Rich
    10:01 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Not good enough to play on next years team? I am sure he can get plenty of time to get better on the Heat or Thunder, since they suck. This is going too far, Lighins, Lamb, Orton, Teague, Jones. Now add Goodwin to that list. Pothyress is probably next to blow it. Cal needs to emphasis the stupidity of these bone head decisions.

  30. Grammar police
    10:04 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    * emphasize

  31. Dr. Wildcat
    10:06 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #25 There is a thing called practice… You don’t get better from playing in games. Not much, anyway.

  32. bort
    10:08 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Let me explain why Archie is declaring for the NBA: Calipari does NOT want him. I have heard this from a couple of coaches who are tight with Cal. Cal saw Archie and Ryan Harrow as selfish players who did not buy into the program. Archie was a disaster this year. Sure, he has athletic talent. But he was the most selfish player I think I have ever seen wear a Ky. uniform. His jumpshot was below average, and he turned the ball over 5 times more than the number of assists he had. How many times did he drive the lane and have Wiltjer or Mays wide open for a 3 point shot but instead he threw the ball up against two or three defenders? Folks, let’s get real. Harrow is not leaving b/c of his Dad’s medical condition, and Archie is not leaving b/c he is ready for the NBA. These guys were politely told to pack their bags (Calipari to Archie: “Archie, I think you really need to go to the NBA. Don’t wait. This is your year!!!”). These last couple of days have consisted of coordinated “save face” tactics.

  33. Powerball
    10:10 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Apparently I work too hard for my pay check… I would be more than happy to stay in shape and sit on the bench or play in the D-League, while making greater than $400K (league min) per year. Sure as hell beats Corporate America. That’s nearly 7x’s of what I make 4 years out of college… hmmmmmmm. Yes, Lebron and D-Wade or Kevin Durant, I will fill your water cups for more than most CEO’s make.

  34. [email protected]
    10:16 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Archie has to go. He is projected 10-20 this year due to the weak draft. At UK next year he will be behind the Harrison & James Young for PT.

  35. theSkinny81
    10:17 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    32 – lol, shuddup.

  36. Loyal BBN Fan
    10:20 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Proud of UK Womens BB Team for their season, just were out played. Next year Final 4 & Beyond.
    Our departing “boys” BB players are just that, they didn’t listen nor were they team players – they were right about it all. Its OK though to throw away a UK education & learn from one of the most outstanding NCAA coach ever. No you weren’t going to play alot of minutes next & yes some of you were advised to leave to make room for ” young men ” who desire to become part of UK & BBN. ONE & done sucks for you & the fans. Wake up for your own sake or you won’t be playing many minutes in life either. To some of you, good bye & we mean it! BBN

  37. 2014Champs
    10:26 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Another UK site is reporting there are people in WCS’s ear and wanting him to reconsider his decision to stay in college.

  38. bort
    10:27 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Hey #35, I should add that the coaches who told me that Harrow and Goodwin would not be back next year told me this information ONE MONTH ago, and I posted this info. a month ago on this website. Don’t be naïve, #35.

  39. spants
    10:33 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Im always for kids going pro when they can but this kid shoulda stayed. He would have benefitted from the competition coming in and would have been a better player for it. Cals hands were tied this year as he had no one off the bench to replace goodwin when he f***** up.

  40. kendall
    10:35 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with Herald #2
    This kid has a lot of work to do. No comparison to the quality of guards that played in sweet 16. Its a joke.

  41. Rae
    10:36 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    36. I am too. I just wonder why it is they knock on the door of success but can’t make that jump. Always second in the SEC Tournament, always Elite Eight. I love Coach Mitchell, but I wonder what it will take to break that barrier. We are like the Florida of women’s basketball, without the two championships. Not a terrible place to be, by any means, but frustrating. Maybe one of these days we will get a different 1 seed than UConn, or get to play a tournament game on an actual neutral court instead of in the other team’s backyard.

  42. Thinman
    10:37 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Seems as if our back court depth is thinning down. Can Wiggins play the point? Like a Pippen point/forward?

  43. theSkinny81
    10:38 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    38 – Mac Whitaker of Bourbon County fame?? lol

  44. Wig
    10:52 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins can do whatever he wants to do. Lol. Forget pippen. More Like Lebron

    10:53 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Was he part of the cancer? I can’t remember…..details of this past season are fading fast.

  46. DiPaola07
    1:18 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    He is right about the fact that Archie will not make any changes in this offseason; as far as the changes that need to be made. However, saying he could not improve is ignorant to assume. I personally believe he should stay through the next two seasons to receive the growth that comes w/ playing w/ and against the best recruiting class in possibly the history of college ball. In the 2014-2015 season Archie could be a huge asset and greatly improve his stock by that point. Bringing in the top recruit year after is awesome but Cal and the staff need to keep some players around for more than one year. It’s truly doing them an injustice and truly setting them up for failure to allow them to fall out of the nest to only end up doing nothing in the NBA. They’ll recieve that one time paycheck and then what??? Get little to no money at the end of their rookie contract and sent to the D-League at best? “Players First Program” “Puts more players into the NBA” What 18 year old isn’t going to lean towards living out his dream and gettin paid this young? Guess what??? The NBA will be there in two-three years. The staff needs to be brutally honest with players even if its not what they wanna hear. Don’t ge me wrong….some players we’ve had were ready for the league; Wall, Cousins, Knight, Davis, MKG (arguable as far as all around skillset)(you’d be lying if you said he wouldn’t have developed anymore coming back), but if it’s not a given that they’re ready….it should be a no brainer for these players and especially the staff.