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.