It should come as no surprise that Archie Goodwin is off to a blistering start on the AAU circuit this spring.
Participating in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League with his squad, the Arkansas Wings, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard ranks third in the league in scoring with 20.6 points per game through 10 games.
With two qualifiers down and one to go before the EYBL finals at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., the Wings are in the hunt for one of the twenty-four coveted spots with a 4-6 record to date.
"I think I've been playing pretty good," Goodwin said. "I've just been showing that I've gotten my body a lot stronger, and been able to take contact a lot better than last year."
Interest in the five-star talent - recently ranked the No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2012 by Scout.com - has skyrocketed in the past year. His list of offers is virtually a comprehensive rundown of the top programs in the country, and among those recruiting him the hardest Goodwin named Kentucky, UCONN, Georgetown, Baylor, North Carolina, Texas, Kansas and Louisville.
Most stopped in to visit him at Sherwood (AR) Sylvan Hills High School during the most recent contact period, and all continue to express how much the long and explosive athlete can do for their program.
"I'm still taking things in, but at the same time I'm starting to weed out the schools that I probably know I wouldn't have a chance of going to," Goodwin explained.
While some prospects will take advantage of down time during the summer to sneak in an unofficial visit or two to a college campus, Goodwin doesn't expect to do so.
That's because for the foreseeable future the concept of "down time" will remain foreign to him. After the EYBL regular season wraps up May 30, Goodwin enters an intense stretch of camps during the month of June, including high profile events such as the Kevin Durant and LeBron James Nike skills academies, Adidas Nations and the Pangos All-American Camp.
While it will be hectic, Goodwin loves the challenge such events present.
"That's what it's all about," he said. "If you can stick out instead of being one of the guys that's in the hunt, that tells you that you're above the game and a step above everybody else."