Posted: Oct 18, 2012 4:50 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Oct 19, 2012 9:30 AM
He's like a kid getting ready to open his Christmas presents.
That's every day.
It's easy rooting for athletes on any level that appreciate where they are. Archie Goodwin clearly appreciates being at UK. He never thought he'd be good enough to play at a Kentucky. Recruiting only started picking up in the 11th grade.
"Being here sometimes I feel like I'm still dreaming," Goodwin said. "I'm grateful to be here. I take everyday like somebody else is coming for my spot because I know that being here you always have to work, and that's something I have to do everyday. I'm always in the gym every night trying to make myself better. And I always try to bring guys in here with me whenever they have free time to come into the gym. I'm always on top of everything to maintain."
That's a big deal for Cal. Finding players who bring others to the gym on their own. Michael Kidd Gilchrist did last year.
"I think my role is going to be a leader on this team. We have a lot of great guys, a lot of talent on this team, but we're a lot quieter than last year's team, so it's something I'm going to bring out of everybody. Bring out the fire they have inside of them that they haven't brought out yet."
Archie started believing in his ability to play after the college coaches started calling.
"Yeah, it helped my confidence out a lot because seeing all the hype surrounding some of the other players in the AAU teams, and all the things that are said about them in magazines, you start to wonder - am I good enough, sometimes. But after you hear from a lot of people, and you are performing on the court, you don't have to ask that question anymore. It's something that you know."
Like you know that Arkansas' Mr. Basketball and a Parade All-American is going to have a big year for UK.