After experiencing a breakout summer on the national circuit with strong performances at the Nike All-America Camp and with his club team KC Rocktown, George Goode is hearing from some of college basketball’s elite. Not only is the 6-7 ½ junior combo forward from Raytown (MO) South hearing from schools, several have dropped by recently to pay him a visit and watch him work out.
Already Goode has had coaches from Iowa, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma in the building. Last week UNLV dropped by and so did Kansas while North Carolina, NC State and Miami among others are expected to watch him in the near future. According to Goode’s father, George Sr., the Jayhawks will be back again.
“They just say that they really like his upside,” Goode said of Kansas’ interest in his son. “Now that they see he’s going to the hoop more they’ve really gotten interested.”
Always known as a sweet shooter who can finish with towering jams in the lane thanks to his long arms, Goode has certainly started to diversify his game. Phog.net was on hand to watch him in an open gym last week and he displayed much improved ball handling, a nice pull up jumper and improved explosiveness off of the floor as he skied well above the rim for tip and alley-oop jams.
Much of the improved explosiveness and quickness can be attributed to a workout regimen that includes playing ball, weights and some water training.
“We’ve got him in aquatic training,” said the elder Goode. “It helps him out on his lateral movement and jumping. They do 45 minutes with him in the pool and then another 35 minutes with him once he’s out of the water.”
Not only is Goode putting in the work to make himself a better basketball player, he’s improved his performance in the classroom. After some struggles during his first two years of high school, his father says that the attention he’s received from recruiting has produced positive results in the classroom.
“I think it’s been great. What it has done is it has actually made him think more about his academics and that’s a good thing,” said Goode of the family’s outlook on recruiting. “We know he’s just a junior so there’s really no sense in getting overwhelmed. We know he’s still got to get this year and next year. If by the end of the next summer things are going well then he can think more about committing signing somewhere.”
Along with the attention from college coaches, Goode has also started to gain recognition from scouting services and is ranked highly by several. It’s something that he’s worked for but now that he’s ranked, his dad has warned him that it means he’ll have a target on his back.
“As a parent I try to teach him that rankings don’t mean anything other than now he has a number on his back,” said Goode. “Because he’s ranked, he’s going to have people gunning for him and he’s going to be a target. He wanted to get ranked, now he has to play up to it if he wants to stay there.”
The Goode family has yet to set up any firm dates for unofficial visits but according to George, Sr., his son has a standing invite to visit Lawrence whenever he’d like to and Oklahoma State would like him to come down in late October. For now they are taking things easy and seeing where it leads them.
“I will tell you that Kansas is high on his list right now,” said Goode of his son’s favorite schools. “He likes North Carolina, Kansas, North Carolina State, Oklahoma and Miami. Those are his top five right now.”