“I’m rebounding more and I didn’t shoot as many threes as I did last year,” said the six-foot-eight inch combo forward. “I decided that I couldn’t settle for shooting threes and that I could do more. I can drive and create for myself off the dribble now.”
After bursting onto the national scene with several strong performances last summer, the laid back forward attracted plenty of attention. With a long frame, range that extends to 22 feet and the ability to score and block shots on the interior it is easy to see why high major programs have taken an interest.
“I’d say Kansas has been showing me a strong level of interest, I think they are good and it’s a school I’d like to look into,” said Goode. “I also like Tennessee, Illinois, Marquette, UConn, Iowa and Miami. I don’t think it is anything in particular, those are just some of the schools that I feel good about.”
With college programs watching his progress closely, Goode has turned the tables and started to follow the schools showing interest more closely.
“I watch the position I play, or at least that I think I’m going to play like the three or the four, more closely,” Goode told Phog.Net. “I think that I’d rather be in an up-tempo system but I can play half court too.”
Generally regarded as one of the top players in the area and ranked in several national top 50 lists for the class of 2007, Goode is learning other lessons. He knows that his play is going to be held to a higher standard and that people are often going to pick apart his strengths or weaknesses. Whether he reads positives or negatives, he thinks his laid back attitude helps him deal with all of the attention.
“I don’t know, I think I get it from my mom,” says Goode of his easygoing disposition. “I know that I can just show people what I can do whether they say I can or can’t. I’m not going to go off on anybody about anything that they say.”
This spring and summer he’s looking to continue to work on his game. Among the primary areas he’s looking to address are adding more bulk and strength while continuing to improve his ball handling.
As for Kansas and his interest in Bill Self’s program, the Jayhawks are a team that he’ll continue to keep tabs on.
“It (Kansas) seems like a nice place to go to school,” said Goode. “It seems like they don’t really have set positions and they just go out there and do what their strengths are.”
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