Pitino on verge of landing 'Goode' prospect?

Most Louisville fans probably aren't familiar with George Goode, a 6'8 forward from Raytown, Mo. But they should be. Goode, rated the No. 54 prospect in the Class of 2007, will make an official visit to U of L later this month and could end his recruitment soon after. Where does Louisville stand with George Goode? InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

Are ‘Goode' days just ahead for Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals?

Apparently, they are.

Louisville will host George Goode, a 6'8 combo forward from Raytown, Missouri, on an official visit later this month, just days before departing for a three game tour in Ottawa, Canada.

"We're going to make an official visit to Louisville August 24," George Goode, Sr. told InsideTheVille.com Tuesday night. "George's high school coach, Brad Ostrich, and I both spoke with Coach Masiello this afternoon to confirm some things about the visit.

While Louisville hasn't offered the four-star prospect who is rated the No. 54 prospect nationally in the Class of 2007 by Scout.com, Goode's father said he expects the Cardinals do so before or during the official visit.

"Louisville hasn't offered yet, but I think you can bet that they will," he said.

If Pitino offers, would Goode cast his lot with Louisville?

"He's very high on Louisville," Goode, Sr. said. "He'd probably commit during his visit but he can't sign until November."

Miami, Marquette and Oklahoma State are also in the mix (Goode said those three, along with Louisville are his son's Top 4 schools currently), and could get official visits if things don't work out with Louisville later this month. Goode, Sr. told InsideTheVille.com that his son's official visit to Louisville is the only such trip scheduled at this point.

Louisville is way out in front for
George Goode, who will make
an official visit to U of L
August 24.

Asked if it were fair to call Louisville his son's leader at this point, Goode said, "Absolutely."

Goode, an athletic 202-pound forward, is a face up ‘four' with outstanding range on his jump shot and strong perimeter skills for a player his size.

"He's a legit talent," Scout.com's Eric Bossi said. "Few his size can match his shooting prowess from deep. He runs the floor well, he's improved as a ball handler and he's an athletic finisher who is much improved as a shot blocker and rebounder."

Goode, who played in the senior All-Star game at the Nike All-America Camp last month, will travel to Louisville later this month with his mother, father and high school coach, Brad Ostrich. Ostrich, according to Goode's father, has been in frequent contact with Pitino and assistant Steve Masiello in recent days.

"He likes what he's heard about Louisville so far," Goode, Sr. said. "He likes their offense and how they get up and down the court. He wants to get to the next level and he feels that Rick Pitino can help him get there."

Goode, who plays for the Raytown South Cardinals, averaged 15 points as a junior. "He told me he wants to be a Cardinal forever," Goode's father said.

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