Comparing Archie Goodwin to other Arkansans in McDonald’s All-America game

UPDATE: Goodwin had 14 points, 7-of-13 FGs, 0-of-2 from three, 3 rebounds, 1 TO, 3 steals in 18 minutes, according to Rivals.com. He started shakily, with a turnover off an errant pass while driving to the hoop, and soon afterward a missed dunk while losing a shoe – but he settled in nicely after that with consecutive dunks while flashing ability to cut to the hoop that stood out even in this hyper-talented crowd. Goodwin, Shabazz Muhammad and Rasheed Sulaimon led the West to a 106-102 victory. 

BTW, he finished second in the event’s dunk contest, serving up a behind-the-back special I’ve never seen before (at 34 seconds):

Tonight, Archie Goodwin becomes the sixth male Arkansan to play in the nation’s most prestigious prep basketball game for high school seniors.

Here are his predecessors since the game’s 1977 debut:

  • 1980 Rickey Norton (Okolona, Arkadelphia)
  • 1982 Willie Cutts (Bryant)
  • 1984 Andrew Lang (Pine Bluff)
  • 1992 Corliss Williamson (Russellville) Tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 100-85 win for the West team.
  • 2007 James Anderson (Junction City) Had 5 points and 3 rebounds in 11 minutes for the West, which beat the East team 114-112.

Will Goodwin, who has thrived in these kind of national all-star settings, notch the best McDonald’s game ever by an Arkie?

The stats for the three Arkansans who played in the 1980s aren’t readily available. But, based on the game’s record book, it is likely Williamson has the best-ever designation heading until now. Goodwin could become the first Arkansan to score more than 21 points, dish more than seven assists, snare more than four steals, grab more than 11 rebounds, or block more than four shots in a McDonald’s all-star game.

Another interesting fact: before Anderson, every McD’s Arkie eventually played for the Razorbacks. Indeed,  overall 13 such All-Americans had at one time played for Arkansas including:

  • 1981 Joe Kleine
  • 1986 Ron Huery
  • 1988 Todd Day
  • 1988 Lee Mayberry
  • 1993 Darnell Robinson
  • 1994 Kareem Reid
  • 1995 Derek Hood
  • 1996 Glendon Alexander
  • 2003 Olu Famutimi

Goodwin is one of two Kentucky signees playing in this McD’s All-America game. The program had signed 40 before them.

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