Derby Stars enjoy weekend

Louisville signees Preston Knowles and George Goode got their first taste of playing in Freedom Hall Saturday night during the adidas Derby Festival Basketball Classic. Though the duos first outing in Louisville came in a losing effort, both Knowles and Goode enjoyed their first taste of life in the 'Ville.

Louisville signees Preston Knowles and George Goode got their first taste of playing in Freedom Hall Saturday night during the adidas Derby Festival Basketball Classic. Though the duos first outing in Louisville came in a losing effort, both Knowles and Goode enjoyed their first taste of playing in their future home.

"It was great," said Knowles, who finished with 10 points. "I was just trying to show the fans what we can do."

"The fans are great. I love them," added Goode. "I'm going to like playing here next year."

Goode finished with 12 points and two blocked shots, including a highlight block against 7-0 Kentucky-bound Mike Williams. Goode also slammed home a pair of crowd pleasing dunks and showed off his perimeter skills knocking down a deep three-pointer from the wing.

"That's what an all-star game is all about, getting a few dunks and highlights and getting the crowd involved," Goode said.

Knowles hit a pair of three-pointers and did a good job defensively on super quick Alabama-bound point guard Senario Hillman.

"He's real good," Goode said of Knowles. "He can shoot. He can dribble. He can pass. He does everything a good point guard should do."

Knowles enjoyed the challenge of playing against some of the nation's top prospects.

"Being out here with this level of competition is truly a dream come true," Knowles said. "There's a lot of players going to elite D1 national level teams and some of them I'll be playing against next year. It was a good stepping stone to let me know what I need to work on and improve."

During the dunk competition Friday night at Bellermine, Knowles iced down both of his knees. He said he was slowed Saturday night somewhat by his sore knees.

"I think it's tendonitis in my knees," Knowles said. "It just came my senior year probably because last summer I was playing on a lot of concrete and that's not good for your knees."


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