Kentucky's Goodwin backs out on Wizards

Kentucky's Goodwin backs out on Wizards
June 8, 2013, 3:45 pm
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What happened to Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin, who was scheduled to work out with the Wizards this week?

He decided against coming, persons with knowledge of the situation told CSN Washington.

CSN reported May 30 that Goodwin, Mike Muscala (Bucknell), Khalif Wyatt (Temple), Adonis Thomas (Memphis), James Southerland (Syracuse), Peyton Siva (Louisville), Will Clyburn (Iowa State) and Romero Osby (Oklahoma) would be the better-known players to come to Washington for individual workouts this past week. 

Only Goodwin didn't show, likely backing out because he believes he’ll be taken before the Wizards draft 38th in the second round. 

The Wizards also have the No. 54 pick but don’t expect to use both.   

Goodwin, a 6-4 guard, is turning pro after one seasons at Kentucky he averaged 14 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 44% shooting. Coach John Calipari wouldn't come outright and say that Goodwin, 18, would be ready for the NBA. But he did say the NBA would be getting a "high school player," suggesting it will take time for Goodwin to develop. 

Even though Goodwin can create his own shot and played well vs. top-flight competition, he's not a good shooter and a below-average ball-handler. But he is a solid defender who can guard three positions.