Return of the POY: Arkansas' Archie Goodwin

The 2011-12 Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Archie Goodwin

School: Sylvan Hills (Little Rock, Ark.)

Grade: Senior

Position: Shooting guard

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 181 pounds

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Arkansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year. 2009-10 and 2010-11 All-State and All-Conference selection. Member of the 2010 AAU national champion Arkansas Wings. No. 14 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. Led the Bears (25-4) to the 2010-11 Class 5A state championship game.


Academics: B average

College: University of Kentucky

Extracurricular activities: He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth basketball programs and has been active in his school’s student government.

Steve Quattlebaum, head coach of rival Central Arkansas Christian (North Little Rock, Ark.): “Goodwin can do it all. He’s got a quick release, great range and finishes well around the basket. He’s awesome.”

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning boys basketball underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11.

Anton Beard: Sophomore guard, Parkview Arts and Science Magnet (Little Rock, Ark.)

Stetson Billings: Senior forward, Strong (Ark.)

Imara Ready: Junior guard Parkview Arts and Science Magnet (Little Rock, Ark.)

Aaron Walton: Senior guard, Hall (Little Rock, Ark.)

A dedicated ESPNHS POY team manages the Gatorade Player of the Year selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the program’s behalf. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.