Archie Goodwin two weeks ago: “I don’t think it’s a question on whether I’m going (to the NBA) or not. 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.”
Archie Goodwin today: “This is something I’ve dreamed about my entire life and I feel like the opportunity is there for me to play at the next level. I will stay in Lexington to finish my schoolwork this semester before continuing to pursue my dream. I’ve loved my time at UK and want to thank Coach Cal, the staff and my teammates for helping me get where I am. I especially want to thank the Big Blue Nation for all their support.”
After UK’s loss to Robert Morris two weeks ago, Archie Goodwin admitted that neither he nor any of his teammates were ready to go to the NBA after this season. Yet, here we are two weeks later, discussing his decision to forgo his sophomore season and enter the draft.
What happened? Simply put: a historically weak draft.
Both Archie and Alex were faced with an unique decision in the past few weeks: stay in school and fight for playing time with another superstar crop of freshmen or capitalize on the chance they’ll be picked in the first round of the NBA Draft. While Alex needs more time to decide, Archie has seized the opportunity to make his dreams come true. How high will Archie go in the draft? A veteran NBA scout told Adam Zagoria that he could go anywhere from 12th to 22nd.
Chad Ford used Archie’s own quote from after the Robert Morris loss to describe his decision: “I think he used the word delusional, right? Yeah, I’d say that’s right if you’re judging this based off whether he’s ready to play in the NBA right now.” Ford followed that up by saying there are many more factors in Archie’s decision, such as playing time next season and his current draft stock. What’s to say that even after a sophomore season of hard work, Archie’s stock would be any higher? That’s not a slight to him, but rather a reflection of the influx of talent pouring in to the sport.
Moral of the story: don’t put too much stock into what players say after an emotional loss.