2007 Intro: George Goode Jr.

George Goode Jr. has come a long way since his freshman year, when he played in just a pair of JV games. The 6-foot-7 Raytown South (Mo.) junior has a new attitude - and it's showing both on and off the court.

K.C. Rocktown coach Robin Lucas said the calls aren't coming in concerning George Goode Jr. at quite as furious a pace from the mid-majors as they once were.

While some players might take that as a knock, Goode and his long-time coach/mentor don't look at it that way at all.

``They are kind of backing off because they see he can go to a high-major program," Lucas said. "I told them not to stop calling because you never know."

But with Goode's potential, it's highly unlikely that he ends up at a mid-major school.

Goode, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound junior who averaged 15 points, seven boards and five blocks last season at Raytown South (Mo.), had to play primarily in the post for Lucas this past summer because of his height. However, despite playing somewhat out of position, he was still able to showcase his perimeter shot at times. Goode still needs to get stronger and work on his ballhandling skills, but the 16-year-old is versatile enough to play both forward spots.

``His biggest strength right now is that he's probably one of the top 10 6-foot-7 or 6-foot-8 shooters in the country," Lucas said. "He still needs to add a lot of weight in order to play at the highest level, but he really sacrificed his game this summer for us because we didn't have guys with size."

Goode already has an offer on the table from Baylor while Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Purdue, Illinois, Cincinnati, Miami and Southern Illinois have expressed significant interest.

``I want to go somewhere I can play and get a good education," Goode said.

For Goode, education wasn't always the priority. He missed all but the first two games of his freshman year due to academics.

``I couldn't play because of my grades," Goode said. "I played two games on JV. It was tough, but I learned from it."

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