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10 Archie Goodwin

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Archie Goodwin
Hometown (Last School)
Little Rock, AR (Sylvan Hills)
August 17, 1994

Archie Goodwin was born Archie Lee Goodwin III on August 17, 1994 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Goodwin attended Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood, Arkansas where he played for coach Kevin Davis and led his team to back-to-back state finals. As a junior in 2010–2011, his bid for a championship came up short when his team fell to Alma High School from Alma, Arkansas. As a senior in 2011–12, Goodwin led the Bears to the Arkansas Class 5A state championship, scoring 27 points and seven rebounds in the title game; winning championship and tournament MVP honors along the way. Goodwin was twice named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Arkansas and named to the McDonald’s and Parade All-American teams.  Goodwin was rated as the number 15 player in the class of 2012 in the ESPNU 100, the number 9 player by, and the number 12 player by  He was considered the best high school player in Arkansas since NBA player Joe Johnson.

Goodwin committed to Kentucky on September 21, 2011.  He chose Kentucky over offers from Arkansas, Memphis, Connecticut, and Kansas, among many others. He made it official on November 15, 2011.

At Kentucky, Goodwin was a freshman starter for the Wildcats in the 2012-13 season. He led the team in scoring with 14.1 points per game, and he was also second on the team in rebounds (4.6) and assists (2.7). Goodwin was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team and the SEC Tournament All-Tournament Team.  He was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the week of November 26, 2012.  Goodwin became the third UK freshman under Calipari to begin his career with five-straight double-figure games.  On November 12, 2012, Goodwin had a career game against Morehead State, with career highs in points (28), blocks (3) free throws (12) and free throws attempted (17).  Two days later, he narrowly missed the second triple-double in UK history against LIU-Brooklyn with 22 points and career highs of nine rebounds and nine assists.

On April 1, 2013, Goodwin declared for the 2013 NBA draft. He was the second-youngest player to declare for the 2013 draft behind Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and the youngest-overall American college player. He was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 29th overall pick. He played for the Thunder for two seasons, but he was traded to the Phoenix Suns in 2015. Goodwin played for the Suns for one season, and then he was traded to the New York Knicks in 2016.

Goodwin played for the Knicks for two seasons, but he was waived in 2018. He signed with the Memphis Grizzlies, but he was waived after one game. Goodwin then signed with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He played for the Flying Tigers for two seasons, and then he signed with the BC Budivelnyk of the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague in 2020.  He left the team in February 2022 due to the Russo-Ukrainian crisis.

On February 23, 2022, Goodwin signed with Maccabi Rishon LeZion of the Israeli Premier League.  Return to Budivelnyk (2022–present). On July 31, 2022, he returned to BC Budivelnyk of the European North Basketball League.

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