Archie Goodwin, Johnathan Williams III & Ricardo Gathers lead teams thru Rumble on the Ridge

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Some updated notes [on 11/30] from the last day of the Rumble on the Ridge basketball tournament, a 3-day affair in Forrest City, Ark:

Pel sighting! He’s no longer stalking the sidelines as Arkansas’ head basketball coach, but that doesn’t mean John Pelphrey can’t keep visiting gyms around the state as a Florida assistant. As long as there is elite talent around to scout in high schools across the South, you had better believe Big Red will be there. Billy Donovan wouldn’t expect any less.

Below is a photo of Pel sitting in the same vicinity as the Sylvan Hills basketball team. Something tells me he wasn’t going to so much as sneak a peak in their direction, though.

Goodwin was a headliner in the tournament, although his team lost 60-89  to the Southwind Jaguars in the final. He was little hampered by the injury toward the end of the below clip, but came back just a few minutes later.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_78XpRbX8Y&w=560&h=315]

Archie Goodwin

Game FGs

3ptrs

FTs Off. Rebs Def.
Rebs
Points Assists TOs Blks Stls Result
1 7-21 2-6 7-11 7 1 23 2 0 1 3 W 76-51
2 8-14 2-6 9-10 1 5 27 0 3 1 0 W 54-52
3 4-14 0-5 14-23 1 2 22 0 3 1 3 L 60-89

Archie has already signed with Kentucky, and was rocking a UK hat postgame. He said the injury was a “little painful, but nothing too bad to where I couldn’t play.” Asked if he had any message for UK fans, he said: “Tell them I love them … I’m gonna come up there and cause havoc.”

Goodwin’s signed, but Southwind’s  junior Johnathan Williams III is still very much on the radar of many big programs. Here’s a clip of what he can do:

Johnathan Williams III  (6-7, 208, ESPN’s 17th best player in ℅ 2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wxXrWkTyB0&w=560&h=315]

Game Result FGs

3ptrs

FTs Off. Rebs Def.
Rebs
Points Assists TOs Blks Stls
1 W, 74-69 2-8 0-1 6-9 2 7 10 0 0 4 0
2 W, 75-66 6-12 1-2 0-0 4 5 13 0 3 3 1
3 W, 89-60 4-8 0-1 0-0 0 5 8 0 5 3 1
Watch for Southwind’s junior JaJuan Johnson, a 6-4 wing, to also soon be ranked as one of the nation’s best playrs. He had a breakout tournament, garnering MVP honors while helping lead Southwind to the title.
Game Result FGs

3ptrs

FTs Off. Rebs Def.
Rebs
Points Assists TOs Blks Stls
1 W, 74-69 9-14 2-2 9-13 0 5 29 0 1 0 0
2 W, 75-66 5-12 0-2 5-7 3 3 15 0 4 0 4
3* W, 89-60 9-15 2-2 4-5 2 4 24 2 5 0 1
Goodwin praised Johnson as “a good shooter. He’s gonna be a good slashing wing. For an underclassman, he’s pretty good.” Below is evidence that this J.Johnson is becoming as smooth as another J.J. who used to do damage in Arkansas in the late 1990s:
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd6vtvF1i70&w=560&h=315]
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goeCKnjVuqc&w=560&h=315]
Here are game-by-game stats from a couple other major, uncommitted recruits in the house:
Ricardo Gathers(6-7, 240, 30th best player in ℅ 2012)

Game Result FGs

3ptrs

FTs Off. Rebs Def.
Rebs
Points Assists TOs Blks Stls
1* W, 67-51 9-21 1-2 8-11 9 5 27 0 2 2 2
2 L, 66-75 5-8 1-2 6-10 3 10 17 0 3 0 1
3 W, 75-57 6-18 0-2 9-10 4 12 21 2 4 3 2
Moses Kingsley(6-9, 210, 43rd best player in ℅ 2013)

Game Result FGs

3ptrs

FTs Off. Rebs Def.
Rebs
Points Assists TOs Blks Stls
1 L, 51-76 5-7 0-0 1-3 2 3 11 1 4 4 0
2* L, 52-59 2-5 1-2 4-8 2 2 9 0 4 2 2
3 L, 39-67 4-9 0-0 7-8 5 2 15 0 1 2 1
*Matched against Forrest City’s Trey Thompson
Bobby Portis, a Hog signee, and Trey Thompson, a Top-25 sophomore offered scholarships by Arkansas and Florida, also played. More info and detailed stats here.
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