George Goode pulls the trigger

George Goode, a versatile 6'8 forward from Raytown, Missouri, wrapped up an official visit to Louisville on Sunday. Before heading back home, the talented Goode gave Louisville coach Rick Pitino and the Cardinals program some good news.

George Goode wrapped up an official visit to Louisville Sunday and gave Rick Pitino some good news before heading back to his Raytown, Mo. home.

A 6'8 forward regarded as one of the nation's Top 100 prospects in the senior class, Goode told Pitino he wants to play for Louisville next season, becoming the first member of the Class of 2007 to verbally commit to the Cardinals.

"It was mostly just where I fit in the best," Goode said Sunday morning. "I just had a great overall feeling about Louisville when I got here. I really like it."

Goode, who was accompanied by his parents and high school coach, got a close look at what the Louisville program is all about. Pitino and the Cardinals are busy preparing for next weekend's three game trip to Canada.

"The visit was great," Goode's father, George, said. "He pulled the trigger on Saturday. George stayed in the dorm with the players and enjoyed meeting the guys. He watched several practices and then had a meeting with Coach Pitino. George walked into his office, told him he liked it and committed."

Goode chose Louisville over
Oklahoma State, Marquette and

An athletic 202-pound forward, Goode 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,"'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 said he felt his skills fit fit nicely into Louisville's system.

"I think I'll fit in real good," said Goode. "They really play the type of game that I like to play."

Goode, rated the No. 73 prospect nationally and a four-star recruit by, chose Louisville over Oklahoma State, Marquette and Missouri.

Goode was scheduled to make an official visit next weekend to Oklahoma State, and Missouri had an in-home visit scheduled. Goode's father confirmed that both of those visits will be cancelled.

Goode, a first team All-State selection last season, averaged 15 points as a junior.

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