Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Until this point, Kentucky hadn’t landed a single commit from the Class of 2012.
But that all changed late Tuesday when 6-foot-5 Arkansas shooting guard Archie Goodwin picked the Wildcats over Arkansas and Memphis.
“If you don’t know by now I’m a Wildcat!!!” he Tweeted.
Goodwin recently cut Kansas and UConn from his list, leaving Arkansas, Memphis and Kentucky.
“As far as Kentucky, another great program, a winning program,” Goodwin told SNY.tv earlier this month. “Has a great coach [John Calipari], and another great staff behind him. Consistently puts guards in the league and other players as well. In the NCAA Tournament, in the last Elite 8 or so.”
During that interview, Goodwin said he hoped he wouldn’t face too much heat from in-state Arkansas fans if he picked another school.
“I feel like it’s going to be a lot of stuff on Twitter said about me that’s not going to be too pretty,” he said. “There’s just going to be a lot of disappointment in the faces because I didn’t go here. But Arkansas is a lovely place. I feel I would never change where I from or anything like that. But if I don’t commit, obviously I saw an opportunity for me somewhere else so I would just hope that they would understand that and care about my personal interests, rather than what I can do for a program.”
Perry Ellis, a 6-8 forward from Wichita Heights, will announce Wednesday, and is down to Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.