Off to a Goode Start

Those who follow hoops in the Kansas City area have probably already heard about or seen George Goode a 6-8 BF/WF from Raytown (MO) South. The rising junior is coming off of a sophomore season where he showed flashes of great potential.

Over the last month, George Goode has been proving that he isn’t just a nice player locally, he’s got the potential to be one of the top players nationally in the class of 2007.

Thanks to outstanding performances at the Real Deal on the Hill in Fayetteville, AR and last weekend’s Sabes Invitational in Minneapolis, MN, Goode is starting to get some recognition nationally and thinks he can play with anybody.

“To be honest, I think I can play with the guys ranked very high if I play my hardest every time I’m on the court,” Goode told “I think I can play with anybody. My game is shooting threes, blocking shots, and getting rebounds.”

A versatile player, Goode is skilled enough to roam the perimeter where he is already a dangerous shooter out to three point range. Around the basket he’s able to use his height, long arms and natural instincts to block shots and grab rebounds. As he’s matured so has his athleticism and he’s quickly becoming known for his ability to sky for and finish on alley-oops and tip dunks.

As is often the case with young players, he needs to learn to become more aggressive on each trip up the court. He also needs to add weight and improve his ability to attack off of the bounce, all areas that Goode is aware he needs to work on.

“I need to work on getting to the basket off the dribble and getting stronger, especially getting stronger,” said Goode. “I’ve heard people say it and I guess occasionally I don’t play that hard, but most of the time I think I play pretty hard.”

This summer Goode will travel the country with a talented KC Rocktown squad. The majority of the Rocktown squad is made up of rising sophomores and juniors but the team will play up at most tournaments meaning they’ll be playing against teams loaded with rising seniors. It is a challenge that he welcomes and he’s also been invited to the Nike Junior Jamboree and the Adidas junior Superstar camp.

At this point Goode hasn’t paid much attention to his recruiting and is unsure of how serious schools are in recruiting him or which schools are really recruiting him for that matter. One school that has already been in to see him is Kansas and he’s got an early idea of what he is looking for in a school.

“Kansas, they’ve been by already. They had a coach come over to watch a few of my practices and they’ve been sending a lot of letters,” said Goode. “I’d like to go somewhere that lets their players play their real position and doesn’t try to make them play out of their position.”

According to Goode he’ll get more serious about his college prospects after this summer when he sees who comes out to watch him play. For now he’s focusing on improving his game and showing people that he can do more than most players his size as he gets ready for the next level.

“I think when I get to the next level I’ll be way better because I’ll be able to play the wing, I’ll dribble better and I’ll be stronger,” said Goode. “Right now I do some things that are not normal for people who are six foot eight to do. I’ve just got to work hard for the next level.” Top Stories