Similarities of Archie Goodwin and Harrison Barnes

Slamonline.com looks at the similarities between Kentucky signee Archie Goodwin and North Carolina sophomore Harrison Barnes.

[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Arial][I]Here, senior Archie Goodwin recently led the Sylvan Hills High School Bears to their first state basketball title. Like Barnes, he capped his prep career in resounding fashion, and has become the first Arkansan selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American High School game, the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit. Like Barnes, he has become a star in a state of around 3 million people—and left many of those people unhappy.[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#333333][FONT=Arial][I] Last September, Goodwin had boiled his college choices down to a few schools, with Arkansas and Kentucky near the top. Razorback fans loved the idea of the 6-4 shooting guard helping Arkansas once again topple the SEC’s elite teams. Goodwin, however, chose to join Kentucky, the very definition of elite SEC team. It wasn’t a popular decision in his hometown of Little Rock. Some Hog fans labeled Goodwin a traitor for proclaiming a love for his home state while deciding to take his talents elsewhere. Barnes likely felt similar backlash in Ames.[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#333333][FONT=Arial][I] This isn’t a unique situation. The rosters of Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky all have great prep players who shunned programs in their relatively small states to give Goliath a hand. It’s a fan’s right to be irked by such decisions, but I hope temporary frustration doesn’t boil over into long-term anger at some of these players. For basketball fans, love of the game should supersede loyalty to a specific program. Seeing a player the caliber of Barnes or Goodwin in high school is a gift for fans. The college choice doesn’t diminish that[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#333333][FONT=Arial][I][URL="http://www.slamonline.com/online/college-hs/college/2012/03/taking-his-talents-elsewhere/"]Read Entire Article[/URL] [/I][I] [/I][/FONT][/COLOR]

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