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Good on a mission to be great

The hours that Patrick Good spent in the gym weren’t spent for the glory that might follow.
His ounces of sweat and the ache from the hard work weren’t offered up as a sacrifice for his name to become well-known.
Those early morning hours and after-hour nights were put in for him to earn the opportunity to play basketball at the highest level. And now that he has secured that — earning a scholarship to Appalachian State — he feels like he still hasn’t done enough.
“I felt like I haven’t really accomplished anything,” said Good, who has amassed over 2,000 points before his game against Tennessee High last night. “I have to have that mentality, especially for the next level. I know that I will still be in the gym at 6 a.m. until I can’t be in there anymore.”
After all, that is the routine that he watched his older siblings, Johneshia and C.J., go through during their time at Science Hill, where each went on to surpass 1,500 career points. The two also went on to successful college careers, Johneshia starting at East Tennessee State University and finishing at Milligan, while C.J. will finish up at King University this year.
“Our family just has a work ethic; we want to be the best at what we do,” Good said.
But after his father, John Good, was given the keys to the David Crockett program — and gym — just before Patrick’s sophomore year, he knew that he would have his share of gym time.
It was during those early morning hours and late night sessions, sometimes by himself, that Patrick would try to perfect his craft.  And even though the sessions might get lonely in the gym, those are the times that Good cherished.
“I feel like I can find out things about myself that you really can’t at any other place, I feel like it’s my home away from home,” Patrick said. “You can really have fun with it and just see what you can really do.”
Even John is impressed by his son’s work ethic.
“He’s always trying to get better,” his father and coach said. “There are times after games when he wants to come in and shoot shots after the game and then the next morning he will be in there to get a work out in. It all started with Johneshia and trickled down to C.J. and it’s something that they all started to do and he has just carried it out.”
Despite all of that hard work, and five 40-plus point performances before his senior year,  the NCAA Division I offers still weren’t pouring in for Good at the beginning of the season. He had one, Navy, and plenty of other offers from Division II and NAIA schools, but midway through Crockett’s season, that all would change, partly because Good entered the season with a chip on his shoulder.
“I felt like before the season started I had something to prove,” he said.
The Pioneers biggest stage was presented during the first game of a two-game road trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. And Good was able to shine the brightest on the biggest stage.
In a 98-93 loss to Providence Day, who is currently ranked 19th in the nation by MaxPreps, Good raised plenty of eyebrows scorching a team full of division one prospects for 44 points and 10 3-pointers.
“I feel like that is when my stock kind of rose a little bit,” Good said.  “Even though we lost that game, it gave us confidence to ride through the season.”
In a game in which Providence Day led by 20 or more points three times, the Pioneers, led by Good, were able to push back each time.
“We were on the borderline of getting knocked out, we were down 21 and it was kind of like, if we are going to go down, we are going to go down guns blazing and Patrick was hitting threes and they were hitting twos and we were able to cut into it,” John Good said.
But Patrick earned more than the respect of his teammates, he picked up another fan in University of Tennessee basketball signee Grant Williams, who went to Twitter after the game to say about Good, “Most underrated kid in the nation is @Patgood00 (Patrick Good) had 44 pts on us, truly did everything it took to try and help his team win, mad respect.”
But that didn’t turn out to be the only thing that Williams did for Good. He immediately got the tape to Volunteers’ coach Rick Barnes and told him how good Good was. That was when everything seemed to take off.

AN EVEN BIGGER STAGE

The locals have always heard of Good, that was evident by the rise in attendance game after game for the Pioneers. But it reached a peak when Crockett’s Arby’s Classic semifinal contest against Tift County, Georgia forced the fire marshal to shut the doors due to the over 6,000 people that had poured in.
The Pioneers lost that game and their next, finishing in fourth place, the highest finish of a local team in a decade in the Arby’s, but Good earned all-tournament honors — along with teammate Dustin Day — as he  averaged 33.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, leading the tournament in scoring for the second straight year.
The Pioneers played in a tournament record seven overtimes during their Arby’s run, but none were as memorable as their triple overtime loss to Saint James, Maryland in the consolation contest. That night, Good dropped a career-high 46 points in the 77-75  loss.
But Good’s career-high almost never happened that night, not because the shots weren’t falling, his stroke is pretty evident by the output, but Good almost thought about not even lacing up his sneakers that night.
A nagging bruised hip that he picked up the night before during the Pioneers loss to Tift, seemed like it would sideline him for the consolation contest. The swollen spot was tender enough to cause him to miss the early morning shoot. But, wanting to give the hometown crowd what they came for, Good sought out another opinion from a trainer once his team arrived at Viking Hall and he came to one conclusion.
“I couldn’t hurt it anymore, so I just was just went for it,” Good said.
Affter that night is when the bigger colleges seemed to go for him. During the Arby’s a handful of NCAA Division I schools were on hand or took the time to reach out to Good during the 5-day tournament or the days that followed, including an offer from ETSU.
But one school in particular had their eye on Good for years.

FROM A PIONEER TO A MOUNTAINEER

The offer from Appalachian State finally came on Dec. 29, directly after Good’s Pioneers took a 87-85 double overtime victory against Oak Ridge in the quarterfinal of the Arby’s Classic.
Appy State head coach Jim Fox, with an assistant beside of him, sat just in front of the stage on the floor inside of Viking Hall, with a gleeful glimmer in his eye as he watched Good lead his team to the victory. Fox was forced to sit through more than he had anticipated, but the grin that lined his face showed that he didn’t seem to mind. Just minutes after Good was able to escape the media room he ran into  Fox and his assistant who were were waiting for Good to offer him a scholarship, despite watching Good’s “worst” game of the tournament with just 24 points.
Seeing the head man of the Mountaineer program take in one of his games, let Good know where he wanted to be. Good had attended their elite summer camps during the past two years and had become comfortable with their scenery.
“I chose App State because of the coaches,” Good said. “When you see different coaches in there from the same school, it feels good, because one coach isn’t going to be coaching you the whole time that you are at their school.”
Fox was on the coaching staff at Davidson for 13 years before he became the coach in Boone, North Carolina. During that time, there was another high-scoring point guard that he recruited in last year’s NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry. That also happens to be Good’s favorite player and one of the many NBA players that he spends time watching hours of footage trying to digest and to his arsenal of moves.
Knowing that Fox had pitched a similar story to Curry, was flattering to Good.
“To know he is recruiting you to the same point guard role that he recruited Steph Curry at during his time at Davidson, it is another piece of confidence to add to me,” he said.
That confidence, playing time and the closeness to home were all factors in Good’s decision.
Now that he has the decision off his shoulders, Good and his teammates are looking to give back to a fanbase and school that accepeted them. That pay back would be in the form of a TSSAA state tournament appearance.
“They made it feel like home from day one and you don’t realize it until, I wouldn’t say it’s gone, but we are close to the end and it really puts it into perspective,” he said.