By TREY WILLIAMS
Patrick Good has moved from Crockett to Boone, where he’s wasting no time blazing a new trail.
After becoming David Crockett’s all-time leading scorer and piling up 2,716 points during his high school career, Good headed to the High Country of Boone, North Carolina, where he’s leading Appalachian State in scoring three games into his college career.
The smooth transition was highlighted by tallying a team-high 21 points in the Mountaineers’ 103-94 loss at Tennessee last week. Good made 5 of 7 attempts from 3-point range during the efficient outing.
The performance was all the sweeter with his mother (Tracy) and grandmother (Mary Anderson) in the stands, along with fellow Crockett alums Peyton Ford and Andres Huerta.
Crockett’s basketball team had a game that night, or there likely would’ve been another 15-20 supporters in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Good, of course, was pleased by the turnout.
“For them to take the time on a Tuesday night to come to Knoxville to see our team and support me really meant a lot,” he said. “I want to thank them.”
Appalachian State coach Jim Fox wasn’t surprised by Good’s solid showing against the home-state school.
“I think the one thing with him when we watched him play (in high school) was he always made big shots, he always made plays,” Fox said. “So I think the moment at Tennessee where, you know, you’re playing in front of a lot of guys – a lot your people – could’ve been overwhelming, and it wasn’t. And I think that’s a credit to him and the way he’s always played.”
A 6-foot, freshman guard, Good is averaging 14.7 points per game. He is 15 of 23 from the field (65.2 percent) and has made 11 of 18 attempts from 3-point distance (61.1 percent). Good leads ASU in steals and treys, and he’s tied for third with nine defensive rebounds.
“Patrick is learning to become a complete player,” Fox said. “As a player in high school, he had a different role than he has now. What he needed to do for Crockett was different. It’s not only about scoring for him, it’s about making other guys better. That’s a big thing we need from him, and he’s getting better at that. I’ve been pleased with that.
“Obviously, he’s gonna be able to score, you know; he’s always gonna be able to score.”
Including others should come naturally for Good, who also set Crockett’s career assists mark (780).
“I think what really helps him, basically, is he has a great basketball IQ,” Fox said.
Good will realize another dream this weekend when the Mountaineers play against Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski’s talented Duke Blue Devils in the iconic Cameron Indoor Stadium.
“They have a great tradition and a great coach in Coach K and a great team,” Good said. “Getting to play at Duke is obviously a dream come true.”
Good plans to major in sports management and minor in business.
“I feel like I’m at the place I need to be on and off the court,” he said. “When you have to grow up on your own you really don’t have time for any mistakes. … Obviously, you can call mom and dad, but there’s only so much they can do for you that far away. I can see myself maturing since I’ve been here in June. I just want to be the best player and person I can be – on and off the court and in the classroom.”
With a game in Hartford, Connecticut preceding the visit to Duke, Good won’t be home for Thanksgiving. But he’s arguably more thankful than ever these days.
“There’s a huge difference between home cooking and cafeteria food,” Good said. “And I miss Granny Mary’s lemonade. Mary Anderson makes the best lemonade. …
“I have to make sacrifices now just like my mom and dad have made sacrifices for me. … I love basketball and I’m gonna work as hard as I can at it. There’s always something I feel like I could’ve done better. That’s just the competitor that I am.”