Twenty eight teams passed up on Goodwin during this year’s NBA Draft. The 18-year old was the youngest prospect of this draft class.
Goodwin didn’t live up to expectations during his lone season at Kentucky, but most feel his game is meant for the next level. He’s a big explosive point guard with elite athleticism. The young guard displayed those attributes during Summer League.
“After a so-so freshman season on an underachieving University of Kentucky team ended with him sliding to No. 29 in the 2013 NBA Draft, Phoenix Suns guard Archie Goodwin has a simple message for the League:
“It would have been great to have been drafted where I thought I should have been,” Goodwin told SLAM during last week’s Panini photo shoot portion of the Rookie Transition Program. “Now every team that didn’t pick me, I’ve got to give them hell.”
“I know a lot of guys in this [Draft] class are not better than me,” said Goodwin. “I’m blessed to even be here, but to see how far I slid down—it was a surprise. Every game I go into, I’m showing every team that didn’t pick me that they made a mistake.”
The learning curve will be rough for the teenager, but with opportunity and experience Goodwin could be special.