Hoops Recruiting: Goode Among The Best

It's no wonder that George Goode Jr. is one of the top high school basketball prospects in the nation – it's in the genes. His father, George Goode Sr., played baseball at Arizona State and then professionally with the Washington Senators, and his cousin is former Kansas City Royals second baseman Frank White,

Also, his grandfather and uncle played for the Kansas City Monarchs and Kansas City Blues, respectively, of the old Negro League.

Goode Jr., a 6-foot-8, 215-pound standout forward from Raytown (South), Mo., is ranked the 73rd best prospect in the nation – and 19th best power forward – by Scout.com national recruiting director Dave Telep. He is scheduled to make an official visit to Oklahoma State with his dad and mother Cynthia on Aug. 31-Sept. 2, during the Cowboy basketball program's Alumni Weekend.

"We're excited about visiting Oklahoma State," said George Goode Sr. "It's not me, though. It's my son. There's a certain type of ball my son likes to play and he sees that in Oklahoma State. He likes the up-and-down (the court) style of game."

Goode is versatile enough to run the floor and pull up and hit the three-pointer – he made five in one game during the Main Event in Las Vegas this summer while playing for the Kansas City Keys 17s – but he can also go inside. "He likes to play inside and post people up," said Goode Sr., "but he can also shoot the three."

Goode Sr. knew his son had some athletic ability at a young age – "He was an outstanding baseball player at first, but he put the bat down because he was knocking the ball over the fence all the time," his dad said – and decided to give him every advantage he could. That meant building him a basketball court in the backyard of their home.

"I would not let him play on concrete in front of the house," said Goode Sr. "We had a goal in front of our house for 25 years but I took the goal out and moved it to the backyard when I put a wooden deck, so he could play on wood. He wasn't going to be playing on concrete in the gym, so I put a wooden deck in so he could play on wood."

The Goodes will visit Louisville next weekend (Aug. 25-26), make the trip to Stillwater over the Labor Day weekend, and also plan to visit USC and Marquette. His fifth and final official visit will be to either Florida or Miami, Goode Sr. said.

"He's going to make his own decision," Goode Sr. said. "I think it's going to be a matter of where he has the best comfortability, where he's the most comfortable with the coaching staff, the players and the school.

"Although me and my wife are steering him, the final decision will be his. He's able to handle himself as a young man. He has a problem with his mom right now. He wants to wash his own clothes and his mom wants to do it for him, and he won't let her. That's the type of kid he is. He wants to be responsible for himself."

What do George Sr. and Cynthias want for their son? "Our dream for him is that he gets what he wants," said George Sr. "If he gets to the next level and then makes it to the NBA, and I think that's what his dream is, then that's our dream."

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