On Monday morning, Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced that freshman guard Archie Goodwin will enter his name into the 2013 NBA Draft, effectively ending his career in Lexington.
Goodwin is a 6-foot-4 Arkansas-native who averaged 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game this season. He is projected as the No. 18 overall selection, according to DraftExpress.com.
With an absolutely loaded recruiting class coming to town next year, the Wildcats’ key contributors from this past season are all looking to make decisions. Starting point guard Ryan Harrow announced on Sunday morning that he will transfer to Georgia State to be closer to his ailing father and now Goodwin has made the decision to go pro.
In addition to the Goodwin decision, Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer and Willie Cauley-Stein will be returning to school next year, according to Calipari. The Wildcats currently hold seven commitments from the class of 2013 and it’s widely being considered as potentially the greatest recruiting coup of all-time. In addition, Kentucky is also in the running for the nation’s top overall prospect, Andrew Wiggins.
With Wiltjer and Cauley-Stein back in the fold, the only remaining ‘Cats worth following in terms of NBA decisions is that of Alex Poythress and Nerlens Noel. Noel, who tore his ACL during the season, faces a long rehab, but is still considered a top five selection and will likely declare for the NBA Draft himself in the coming weeks.
As for Poythress, he is also mocked as a potential lottery pick, so his decision could really go anyway. The Wildcats’ incoming recruiting class will make rotations and star power and interesting topic come next season, but there is no denying that Kentucky already has the hype of a national championship.
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