Goode enjoying outstanding season

George Goode has put together an excellent senior season and he's got the Raytown South Cardinals in strong position to make a run at the Missouri state championship. has an exclusive update on the 6'8 Louisville signee.

Louisville signee George Goode has put together an excellent senior season and he's got the Raytown South Cardinals in strong position to make a run at the Missouri state championship.

Goode, who signed a national letter of intent to play at Louisville next fall, has led the Cardinals to an 18-2 record with only four games remaining in the regular season. The 200-pound forward is averaging 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Goode missed one game earlier this season because of patellar tendonitis. But he's returned to the court strong and hasn't missed a beat playing in Brad Oestrcich's up-tempo system.

"He's doing fine. It was just a little wear and tear in his knees," Oestrich said. "He's got us 18-2 and in the top-5 in the state. He's shooting a good percentage from the field and is doing a good job leading by example. He's constantly double and triple teamed and he's helped make everybody around him better."

Goode mostly defends the post for Raytown, but Oestrich believes his star forwards future lies on the wing in college. That's a position Rick Pitino could certainly use a little help.

"He plays about 60 percent of the time in the post for us," he said. "I think he'll start out at the four spot at Louisville but will eventually develop into a three. For that to happen, I think he has to be a little more solid and stronger with the ball off the dribble and he has to learn how to defend the three spot."

In need of perimeter shooters, Pitino might have found an answer in the 6-8 Goode, who had shot over 40 percent this season from three-point range.

"I think he can help Louisville right off the bat with his perimeter shooting," Oestrich said. "He's shooting about 42 or 43 percent from beyond the arch this season. He's not taking a bunch of three's for us, but he shoots 3 to 6 per game. And he's shooting about 55 percent overall from the floor.

"I think how well he defends will determine how much he plays next year."

Goode is averaging a
double-double this season.

Though Goode has made solid improvement this season, he's far from a finished product. Oestrich says Goode still has plenty of things to work on, including playing hard every second he's on the court.

"He has to learn how to rebound better and play hard on every play," Oestrich said. "I think he come a long ways in terms of his (work-ethic). We watch a lot of film together and we chart his "wasted plays," plays where he didn't get back on defense or gave up on a play. He's aware of it and those have gone down as the season has moved forward. Where I see the most improvement is that he goes hard every day in practice now."

Still, Goode is a pretty ‘good' prospect.

"He's the #1 ranked player in the state and he's in the mix for Mr. Basketball," Oestrich said. "I think if we reach the final four, I think he'll have a real shot to win that award as well as the Kansas City Metro Player of the Year. He's also a McDonald's All-American nominee."

Goode has achieved a qualifying ACT score and Oestrich says his core GPA is solid. For good measure, Oestrich said Goode will take the ACT at least two more times, hoping to improve his previous score.

"I think he'll be fine," Oestrich said.

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