Goodwin's faith rewarded with 1st-round pick

Archie Goodwin

In the end, Archie Goodwin's faith and self-confidence was rewarded. The UK guard surprised many when he entered his name in the NBA Draft, but he reached his goal of being a first-round pick when he was taken No. 29 in a selection that was sent to the Phoenix Suns.

In the end, Archie Goodwin's faith and self-confidence was rewarded.

The Kentucky guard surprised many when he entered his name in the NBA Draft coming off an inconsistent freshman season with the Wildcats, but he reached his goal of being a first-round pick when he was taken No. 29 in a selection that was sent to the Phoenix Suns.

The pick was originally owned by Oklahoma City, but was included as part of a deal that first sent Goodwin to Golden State and then on to Phoenix.

The 6-foot-5 Goodwin started all 33 games for UK last season and led the Wildcats with a 14.1 scoring average. His size and athleticism made him an attractive NBA prospect despite inconsistent shooting (44 percent FG, 27 percent 3PFG) and turnover issues during his time at UK.

Goodwin's selection gives John Calipari 13 first-round picks since arriving in Lexington in 2009. Earlier on Thursday, UK freshman center Nerlens Noel was taken No. 6 overall by New Orleans and traded to Philadelphia.

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