Julius Mays has become freshman Archie Goodwin’s mentor on and off the court. Whenever Archie is down, Julius is there to pick him back up. The Winchester Sun did a story about their relationship that deserves a read.
“I’m always try trying to keep him to stay positive,” Mays said. “Coach Calipari stays on him, but I’m always telling him that’s only going to make him better. I just want to see him maybe smile a little more. He always frowns up and is uptight. He’s one of those players where he wants to make every shot and wants everything to be perfect, but I tell him that you’re going to make mistakes … you’re not going to make the shot every time or make the right pass every time. I just try to keep him positive and let him know that everything is alright. You don’t have to be perfect.”
“We have a good relationship,” Goodwin said. “He’s like my best friend on the team. I respect him and he respects me. We’re always around each other and I will never not listen to him, because he’s going tell me (the right thing to do). We’re always going to be honest with each other and whatever happens is going to happen. It’s always going to be like brothers working together.”