Future U of L stars can shoot the rock

After watching the adidas Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic's Gold team practice Thursday afternoon, one thing was quite obvious about Louisville's two recruits who will play in Saturday night's annual classic: George Goode and Preston Knowles can both shoot the rock.

After watching the adidas Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic's Gold team practice Thursday afternoon, one thing was quite obvious about Louisville's two recruits who will play in Saturday night's annual classic: George Goode and Preston Knowles can both shoot the rock.

Both the 6-8 Goode and 6-2 Knowles filled it up from perimeter during the hour long practice session at Manual High. Goode drained a couple three-pointers during the 4 on 4 portion of the practice, while Knowles hit one deep three and also knocked in an impressive 17 foot pull up from the wing that drew ‘oohs' and ‘aahs' from several of his teammates.

"I've been looking forward to this all season," Goode said. "After I committed this is what I've been waiting to do – to play here and show the fans what I can do."

Known primarily as an outside shooter, the lanky Goode also proved that he's not a one dimensional player, blocking 6-11 DeAndre Jordan on back to back possessions in 2 on 2 drills. Jordan, a Texas A&M signee, is considered one of the top big men in the nation.

"The (fans) are going to see me do a little bit of everything. I'll shoot a few three's, go inside and block shots and dunk," Goode said.

Knowles, who signed with U of L yesterday, said he'll participate in the three-point shooting contest at the Night of the Future Stars tomorrow at Bellermine. He said he's looking forward to the challenge of playing against some of the top players in the country.

"Getting a chance to play against some of the best prep basketball players in the country is a blessing and a dream come true," Knowles said. "I'll really get a chance to see where I'm at and what I need to improve on."


George Goode

Goode, perhaps the top player in Missouri last year, watched his future team on television quite a bit. He felt like he could have helped Pitino's squad last year with his ability to knock down perimeter shots and looks forward to helping the Cardinals next season.

"I'm going to come in and try to be a big part of the team and help where they need me to fill in at," Goode said. "I watched them a lot (last season) and I was excited to see the freshmen get to play. So I feel like I can come in here and do the same thing. I think I can come in there and knock down open threes and get my teammates involved."

Knowles, a Winchester, Kentucky native, will spend his second consecutive weekend in Louisville. Last weekend, the 170 pound guard made an official visit to Louisville where he impressed the Cardinals players with his play during pickup games.

"Edgar Sosa pointed me out so I had to guard him," Knowles said. "He's pretty quick, but I think I held my own. I think I got their respect a little bit and I guess they went back and told the coach some good things. So now here I am."

After he signed his national letter of intent Wednesday, Louisville coach Rick Pitino mentioned in a press release the possibility that Knowles might redshirt next season. Thursday, Knowles said he would be fine if that happened, though he intends to prove to Pitino that he's ready to play right away.

"If he decides to I'm OK with that – it would give me an extra year with strength and conditioning and to get a feel for the system," Knowles said. "But I'm going to try to work my tail off so I won't have to."


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