Over the last three weeks, George Goode was living up to his name. The 6-foot-8, 190-pound small forward from Raytown (Mo.) South High School has shown off an all-around arsenal of skills on the hardwood and capped off his great month of April with a dazzling performance at the Sabes Invitational in Minnesota. To say the least, he has indeed been good and his recruitment has blown up in the process.
Shining with his AAU team KC Rocktown, Goode has displayed a great touch from the perimeter, an ability to attack on the wing and an uncanny ability to finish above the rim. His progression from the Real Deal on the Hill at the University of Arkansas to last weekend's event in Minnesota has been impressive. Goode agrees.
"I think I did pretty good actually. Every tournament I got better and better," Goode said. "In Arkansas, I didn't shoot the ball like I know I can but I was blocking shots and rebounding. In Houston, my shooting got better and was knocking down more threes. In Minnesota, I think it all came together."
Scoring over 20 points a clip at the Sabes Invitational, the class of 2007 prospect was named to the all-tournament team. Word is getting out about the youngster.
Creighton, Kansas, Missouri, Purdue, Valparaiso and Vanderbilt came by to see him after the two major evaluation weekends on the AAU circuit. His list also includes Ball State, Cincinnati, Iowa, North Carolina and Southern Illinois. Goode said he's a big Tar Heel fan.
Goode is a high-major prospect. In fact, he is one of the top players in the Midwest in his class. But as good as Goode has been, he's keeping some perspective on where he stands with the rest of the class of 2007. He isn't rushing to throw his own name into the national rankings.
"I think I could be up there if I keep playing hard and keep getting better," Goode said. "I think I can but I'm working on just improving my game."
So far, so good.