By COLLIN BROOKS
A decision that was made almost four months ago was concluded on Wednesday afternoon at David Crockett High School when Patrick Good signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Appalachian State University and continue his basketball career.
While the decision took a little bit of pressure off of Good, who finished his career as DCHS’s all-time leading scorer with 2,714 points, finally putting the pen to paper didn’t relieve him much more.
“It just makes me even hungrier, to know what they are asking of me and what I have to produce, signing the paper gives you a little relief, but it doesn’t guarantee you playing time,” Good said.
For his father and David Crockett head basketball coach John Good, seeing his son sign to continue his career was a day that was 18 years in the making.
“We are very excited for him, for the opportunity to fulfill his dream from when he was a little boy,” Good said. “I got to see him grow from both sides, as a son and to see him grow as a player and the maturity and character that he brings to wherever he goes is going to set him apart.”
Those characteristics are something that set Good apart when he entered the doors of David Crockett High School during his sophomore year as a skinny-faced youngster. And principal Peggy Wright said it has been a great pleasure to get to know Patrick ever since he stepped foot on campus.
I’ve gotten to see him in class, to see him in the hallways and see him interact with other kids,” she said. “He has just been a really great role model and he will be someone that is always remembered here. It’s an honor for him to be a Pioneer.”
The work ethic that propelled Good to the top of the history books has taken on a new tone as he prepares for the next level.
“The game is going to speed up and people are going to be stronger,” Good said. “With what I do now, I am just trying to perfect everything and make it crisp and tighten everything up, so that when I get to the next level it won’t be much of a jump for me. But hard work will always be my number one thing.”
One of the number one goals for Good is to put on a little extra weight.
“I really like the coaching staff,” Good said. “Coach (Bryan) Lantz and I have built a tight relationship during the time period of recruiting.
Good also liked the style of play that the Mountaineers use, which will require a floor general, a role he hopes to fill.
He has also filled the role of recruiter as he was able to help pull in a 6-foot-8 recruit in Providence Day’s Isaac Johnson. The two got familiar with one another when their two teams met in Charlotte during the season.
“We need pieces to make us a great team and it might take a while, but with hard work and the coach putting us in a good position, it will all work out. ” Good said.
Besides thanking his future and former coaches, Good also took time from his signing to thank the other coaches in the area that he has come to know.
“I just want to thank everyone that has come out and supported us and the coaches in the area,” Good said. “I just want to thank them and appreciate anyone that has tried to help me.”
Good will get an early jump on his season as the Appy State basketball team will participate in exhibition games in Italy in August, that will allow the Mountaineers 10 early practices in the summer.