By Jeff Borzello
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Archie Goodwin was quickly becoming one of the top scoring guards in the country, ranking as perhaps the elite finisher in the class.
Then, in the All-Star Game at the Pangos All-American Camp in early June, Goodwin broke his left wrist and had to go on the shelf.
“It’s about 50 percent,” Goodwin said.
Despite the injury necessitating that Goodwin wear a protective brace on the wrist, the 6-foot-5 Sylvan Hills (Ark.) prospect refused to sit out the Elite Youth Basketball League finals at the Peach Jam.
Originally slated to miss four to six weeks, Goodwin suited up for the Arkansas Wings this week.
“I’ve been told a lot of times that it would heal faster if I sat out,” he said. “There was no question, I love the competition.
“I wasn’t going to let my teammates go to war without me.”
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That mindset has helped Goodwin impress even without the use of his left hand. He said it affects his ability to finish with both hands at the rim, and also impacts his off-hand dribbling.
The smooth and athletic wing hasn't stopped attacking the rim with reckless abandon, though. He is still playing aggressive, looking to beat his defender and get to the rim at every opportunity.
“It’s just instincts,” Goodwin said. “I’m a relentless guy. I’m going to try to dunk it. That’s the kind of guy I am.”
In terms of recruiting, Goodwin is taking his time. The No. 12 prospect in the latest CBSSports rankings has plans to narrow his choices down at the end of the summer.
“There’s a lot of schools,” he said. “The list is at about 20 now.”
Goodwin listed Kentucky, Connecticut, Baylor, Kansas, Arkansas, Memphis and Tennessee as the schools that have contacted him the most recently.
Unlike many five-star recruits who want a starting job on a silver platter, Goodwin is looking to work for whatever he gets in college.
“I want to go somewhere I feel comfortable,” he said. “And a school that’s not going to give me anything.”
Even if many schools want to.
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