Locker Room Report: George Goode

As George Goode walked into the University of Louisville men's basketball locker room Saturday afternoon a kid called out to him.

"Hey, you're good, just like your name," the boy said.

Goode was just that in the Cardinals' season-opening 79-41 win over Morehead State in the first round of the Billy Minardi Classic.

Goode, the 6-foot-8 freshman forward from Raytown, Mo., scored seven points, grabbed nine rebounds and had a game-high five blocked shots for the Cards.

It was an overdue debut for Goode, who enrolled at UofL in the fall of 2007, but did not meet initial freshman academic requirements to play for the Cards. However he still has four years of eligibility remaining.

In his post-game press conference UofL coach Rick Pitino said that Goode had overtaken freshman forward Terrence Jennings as the backup to freshman center Samardo Samuels.

Then in the locker room afterward senior forward Terrence Williams called to Goode, "George, you're my MVP!"

And a few minutes later T-Will told reporters: "George plays against Samardo every day, so when he plays against the other guys they're like lightweights to him."

Here's a little of what Goode had to say after the game.

Q: How did you feel about the way you played?

A: "It feel real good. I was ready to play, real eager, I just had to get the jitters out."

Q: What was it like to finally get out there?

A: "I was real happy, I've been waiting a whole year for it."

Q: How hard was it to sit out last season?

A: "It was tough, the waiting and everything was real tough, but I made it work and now I'm ready to play."

Q: What will you be trying to do out on the court this season?

A: "A little bit of everything, blocking shots, rebounding, whatever coach needs me to do."

Q: What's something you are really focusing on?

A: "Rebounding, that's my first focus, then it's everything else after that."

Q: What are your goals when you are out on the court?

A: "Rebound and block shot, and just pick up the slack wherever we need it."

Q: What's it like going against Samuels (who has 30 pounds on you) every day in practice?

A: "Every day me and Samardo go at it, it's hard work."

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