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Magic Prospects: Andrew Goudelock


At HtD, we’re going to start taking a look at possible selections the Magic could make with the 53rd pick in the NBA Draft next Thursday.

First, we’ll take a look at the prospect the popular site has Orlando slated to take right now – Andrew Goudelock.

With three point guards on the roster and signed for multiple years (Jameer Nelson, Gilbert Arenas and Chris Duhon), picking a point guard doesn’t seem like the best move, but hey, when you’re picking this late in a draft, you’re not picking for need, you’re more or less selecting who you think is the best player left on the board and hoping you get lucky.

Besides, if some of the rumors we’ve heard turn out to be true (trading Nelson, using the amnesty clause to rid the Magic or Arenas, etc…), point guard could become a need.

Some think Andrew Goudelock (who goes by Drew) could be a sleeper in the draft and although his competition wasn’t too good playing for the College of Charleston Cougars, he had excellent numbers and some big performances against good competition.

Goudelock comes in at about 6’2 (6’1 without shoes on) and 200 lbs., but has a nice wingspan for a point guard (6’4.5).

After the jump, we’ll take a look at Goudelock’s numbers from his senior season.


As you can see, Goudelock was a fantastic college basketball player and especially big time scorer. Goudelock’s shooting percentages are excellent. He has an excellent effective field goal percentage of 54.9% and can really knock down the three-pointer. One big problem I can see Goudelock’s offensive game is his inability to get to the free throw line – his free throw rate is extremely poor. When Goudelock does get to the charity stripe, he does a pretty good job of knocking his free throws down.

He’s not a gifted rebounder, but that’s mostly due to his size and his position and he has had a few excellent rebounding games. For someone who is not only his team’s point guard and ball handler, but also their leading scorer and shot-take, Goudelock doesn’t have a a bad turnover ratio and also has a pretty good assist percentage.

Goudelock’s competition is what probably scares most people off but he had a few games against high-level competition, including four games against major conference teams, three of which made the tournament.

In a November 10 matchup in College Park against the Maryland Terrapins, Charleston came up just short, losing by just a point on a bucket with three seconds left. In the game, Goudelock went 10-of-18 from the field 5-of-9 from beyond the arc while scoring 27 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out three assists. He did, however, have eight turnovers in the game.

Just under three weeks later, Goudelock had another high-scoring game in Chapel Hill against the North Carolina Tar Heels, one of the country’s elite teams. Goudelock didn’t have a good shooting night (11-of-27 from the field, 5-of-12 from three), but wound up with 28 points, two assists, one rebound and just two turnovers in a five-point loss.

Just three days later, Goudelock’s Cougars pulled off a huge upset, knocking off Tennessee in Knoxville, 91-78. Goudelock lead the Cougars with 31 points on an insanely inefficient 10-of-15 shooting. He hit six of his seven three-point attempts and five of his six free throw attempts. He also had six assists, four rebounds and only three turnovers.

Their final game against a major college program came on December 22 against the Clemson Tigers. Despite a 66-59 loss, Goudelock scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting.  He was just 1-of-4 from beyond the arc and had three turnovers, but he also had six rebounds and six assists.

Unfortunately, Goudelock’s Cougars missed the NCAA tournament after losing to Wofford in the Southern Conference Championship game despite Goudelock’s 25 points.

As you can clearly tell, Goudelock performed in just about every situation and when the competition went up, his level of play and numbers didn’t fade. In fact, in some instances, they were better.

To learn a little more about Goudelock, check out this story about his family.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN 1080’s Magic Insider ( and is the co-host of the Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here).