Coach says Goode has unbelievable upside

Upside and potential. Those are the words Raytown South head coach Brad Oestreich used to describe George Goode, a 6'8, 205-pound forward who just signed a binding national letter of intent to play at Louisville next season.

Upside and potential. Those are the words Raytown South head coach Brad Oestreich used to describe George Goode, a 6'8, 205-pound forward who just signed a binding national letter of intent to play at Louisville next season.

Goode, ranked #73 nationally, averaged 15 points per game as junior and is considered one of the top prospects in Missouri this year.

"He has tremendous upside," said Oestreich, who enters his first season at Raytown. "Right now we're working on his in between game. His upside is unbelievable."

Oestreich believes Goode projects as a small forward at the college level. Though he possesses outstanding perimeter range, Goode needs to fine tune his midrange game and improve his ball handling and passing skills.

"I think he'll play the three at the next level because he's a great shooter," said Oestreich, noting that the lanky forward will probably have to spend some time down low for his team this season out of necessity. "He's got 23-24 foot range with his jumper. I think he'll play as a freshman at Louisville."


Goode signed his LOI to play for
Louisville Wednesday morning.

When Oestreich took over the program, he'd heard that his star player didn't like to work hard on his game. However, Oestreich has been pleasantly surprised with Goode's new-found work ethic.

"When I got here I heard that his work ethic was questionable, but since we took over we've never had a problem with him working hard on his game," Oestreich said. "He's like any typical 17 year old. He just needs to be pushed and he responds well when he is."

Goode led Raytown to a 20-4 record last season and the Cardinals enter the season ranked as on the nation's Top 50 teams by the Sporting News. "We'll play up-tempo and full court man-to-man," Oestreich said. "That was a big part in George choosing the Louisville – the fact that their style is so much like ours."

"A lot of what I do I got from Coach Pitino," added Oestreich. "A big reason George picked Louisville was because Coach Pitino is so focused on individual development even during the off-season. George has a huge upside and that really sold him."

Goode cancelled scheduled visits to Florida, USC, Oklahoma State and Marquette after he verbally committed to Louisville in September. Oestreich said his star had firm offers from each school.


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