Archie Goodwin caught the ball on the wing, blew by his defender and Euro-stepped through traffic for a finish at the rim.
He looked like a young Manu Ginobili. Fearless, creative and athletic.
In his debut Friday night at Barclays Center he tallied 16 points (3-8 from the floor and 9-11 FTs) and a team-leading 37 minutes in Kentucky's 72-69 win over Maryland. Goodwin is the most dynamic offensive player on the Wildcats and he'll be carrying a heavy load this year.
In Friday's contest, all of Goodwin's game, the good and the bad, was on display. On a number of occasions he forced his way into the paint where he finished or drew fouls. Goodwin's drives are aggressive, North/South explosions to the rim where he can elevate, absorb contact and still finish. He could have settled for 3′s a few different times but he put the ball on the floor instead and got to the rim.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.