Hailing from the College of Charleston, Andrew Goudelock
epitomizes the small-school college basketball star. A scorer in the mold of Stephen Curry
, but without the same quickness, the Georgia native has been productive from the day he stepped foot on campus, scoring 27 point in his first game for the Cougars as a freshman in 2007 and keying each and every one of the program's big victories over the past four years.
Scoring upset wins over North Carolina last year and Tennessee this season, Goudelock has saved his best for last, ranking amongst the top players in our database in point per-40 minutes pace adjusted.
Standing just 6'2, Goudelock functions as Charleston's first option, but shows a penchant for finding the open man when he's well defended. A below average athlete in terms of explosiveness by NBA standards, Goudelock excels on the NCAA level because of his tremendous shot-making ability and his ability to maximize his average quickness by setting up his first-step with jabs and fakes.
The biggest part of Goudelock's offensive arsenal is his jump shot. With more than three-quarters of his shots tagged as jumpers by Synergy Sports Technology, Goudelock is heavily reliant on his ability to hit shots from the perimeter. Fortunately for him and his team, he's knocked down some 47.1% of his total jump shots and is scorching the nets at a torrid 49.4% clip off the dribble. Just as good with his feet set as he is off the bounce, Goudelock has compact mechanics, NBA range, an extremely quick release, great perimeter footwork, and a knack for shrugging off defensive pressure and sticking to his form.
Using the threat of his jump shot to open up his midrange game, Goudelock's lack of great size and quickness force him into some tough situations off the dribble, since he struggles to get all the way to the rim and turn the corner consistentlysomething that is reflected in his mediocre free throw rate.
Despite his lack of blow-by ability when he puts the ball on the deck, he uses changes of speed well and is shifty enough in the paint with his repertoire of crossovers, shot-fakes, and step-throughs to create ample space for his arsenal of high-effective floaters, runners, and step-back jumpers at the college level.
A creative force from the midrange, Goudelock takes and makes high degree of difficult shots from all over the floor. Seeing a limited number of attempts right around the rim due to his lack of great quickness, that shot-making ability manifests itself in his impressive body-control and renders him fairly efficient when he does get a look near the basket. The talented guard is not one to play above the rim, but he flat out gets the job done on the offensive end.
Spending most of his time off the ball, Goudelock doesn't get to show much in the way of point-guard skills, raising some questions about his position at the next level in the process, but he's an unselfish passer who knows what his team needs from him to win. Most of his touches come in pick-and-roll and one-on-one situations, where he's first and foremost looking to score, even though he does bring the ball up the floor from time to time to initiate Charleston's sets. His ability to show his mettle as a passer and handle pressure more consistently will be worth keeping an eye on throughout the draft process.
Defensively, Goudelock plays hard, shows solid fundamentals, and plays within Charleston's team concept. On the college level, he's usually able to prevent his man from getting all the way to the rim by staying low, giving a cushion when he needs to, and never surrendering an easy basket when defending one-on-one. He doesn't always close out aggressively, though, and his size and lateral quickness would be substantially bigger concerns in the NBA than they are in the Southern Conference.
An exceptionally efficient scorer for the type of shots he attempts, Goudelock lacks NBA physical tools, but he's a terrific shooter from range and knows how to compensate for his weaknesses. While he's had some solid games against quality competition over the years, a tournament berth and a strong showing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament would be big steps in the right direction as he attempts to make the transition from small conference scorer to NBA draftee. We've learned over the years not to rule out scorers in Goudelock's mold, but there's no question that he's going to have to catch some breaks and hope that all of his cards fall the right way if he's to make it.