By Trey Williams
David Crockett all-time leading scorer Patrick Good is still scoring in record fashion.
The East Tennessee State red-shirt sophomore set a Buccaneers record while making 11 3-pointers during a 35-point performance in ETSU’s 91-69 victory at Western Carolina on Saturday. Good made 9 of his first 10 attempts from behind the arc and finished 11-for-17, breaking a record of 10 set by Courtney Pigram on Feb. 28, 2009 against Mercer.
Many of Good’s family members were on hand for the special night, including his father, David Crockett head coach John Good, mother Tracy, brother C.J. (a Crockett assistant), sister Johneshia and niece Sadie.
“I mean hitting those first three I hit, and then for my teammates to keep finding me, it was just a special moment,” Good said. “But then to actually do that and my family in attendance, it just validated everything.”
Good scored 2,716 points in three seasons at David Crockett after playing as a freshman at Science Hill. He also set a school record in assists (780) and led the Pioneers to the program’s only state tournament berth as a senior in 2015-16.
Good made 10 treys in a game at David Crockett. Those came on a night he scored 44 points in a 98-93 loss to top-ranked Providence Day (Charlotte) – a team that included Tennessee’s Grant Williams, Devon Dotson (Kansas) and Isaac Johnson, who played with Good at Appalachian State.
In fact, the Providence Day performance very well could be the primary factor in Good initially signing with Appalachian State. Good said Mountaineers assistant Jason Allison was in attendance, and App State coach Jim Fox later said Good’s performance against Providence Day put him on his radar.
Good averaged 22.6 minutes per game as a freshman at App, where he scored seven points per game and shot 41 percent from 3-point range. But he wasn’t happy.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Good said. “Everything that I learned at App State I don’t regret – the relationships and playing for Coach Fox and being able to be on my own for a year and mature as a young man. And to be able to come back home and play in front of my family every single night and in front of these fans and being able to be home, it just makes everything so much more rewarding. …
“They make as many games as they can within reason, and I try to make just as many Crockett games if we’re not traveling. I try to go and support them just because of the family support that I’ve had at a young age.”
Good said he’s thankful to be playing for ETSU and competitive coach Steve Forbes, whose impressive passion for basketball is enhanced by exceptional “people” skills.
“I think the relationship that I have personally with him off the court,” Good said, “makes it easy to play for him on the court.”
Forbes echoed that sentiment in a separate telephone interview.
“Since the day he decided to come to East Tennessee State he’s been unbelievable to coach,” Forbes said. “He’s the best communicator we have on the team. He’s the best team guy. He’s the leader of the team. And that doesn’t surprise me, because of where he’s come from – from his parents, his upbringing and he’s a coach’s kid.”
Good raised his stock in Forbes’ eyes while playing for David Crockett in the 2015 Arby’s Classic – a tournament that included the Pioneers’ first of two “upsets” that season against Tee Higgins-led Oak Ridge.
Good recalled the epic Arby’s triumph and a sectional win at Oak Ridge in the rematch while watching Higgins help Clemson’s football team win the national championship earlier this month. Good said he is thankful for a high school career that allowed him to play for his father with teammates such as Brendan Coleman, Josh Releford, Ian Martin and Dustin Day while helping Crockett punch the unprecedented state tournament ticket.
“It was a blessing just being able to do that and share that moment with my family and the community of Jonesborough and just being able to make the first state appearance ever,” Good said. “And being able to go on the road and do it (at Oak Ridge) just made it sweeter. I go back through my phone just to look at the pictures and stuff from it. All the hard work we put into it got us a moment that we’ll never forget.”