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Apr 6, 2013 9:47 PM by Mary Jo Perino

Archie Goodwin Opens Up About His Decision To Leave UK

After Kentucky lost to Robert Morris in the NIT, Archie Goodwin said if anyone on this team felt like they were ready for the NBA, they were delusional.

Things changed for Archie over the next couple of weeks, and he announced that he was, in fact, heading to the NBA. Saturday night, Archie signed autographs for $15 a pop, officially ending his amateurism. He talked with us about making that decision.

"I talked to my family and guys that I really value their opinion, my heart was telling me to leave. I felt like I did what I needed to do here. We might not have had the season that we wanted to have but I think I did enough to where I felt comfortable enough to leave," Goodwin said.

He said his decision was his own, and the monster recruiting class coming in next season didn't affect that decision at all.

"I felt if I came back here we would have had an even better team but at the same time, I just thought it was my time to go no matter if they were coming or a totally different class is coming," said the now former UK guard.

Archie said he talked a little bit with Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein, both who decided to return to UK. But in the end, each person's choice was their own. Archie said from what he's heard, he's projected to be a mid to late first-rounder, but he hopes that will improve.

As far as signing autographs at the same time Louisville was playing in the Final Four, Archie definitely sees the irony.

"Kentucky hates Louisville, or at least Lexington does. It is kind of ironic. I didn't even think I would be here right now. I would think we would be one of the guys playing but everything didn't work out the way we wanted it to."

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