In his first year with the Bucs, Good is already leaving a lasting impression despite battling a hip injury that will likely need surgery after the season. He’s the team’s leading scorer and top 3-point shooter. Along the way, he broke the school record with 11 3-point baskets against Western Carolina in a game last month.
The Johnson City native starred at David Crockett High School, where his father, John Good, is the head coach. He began his college career at Appalachian State. The lure of his hometown team was too strong and he transferred after one year.
Good sat down after a recent game to answer some questions.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
“It’s a time to appreciate African-Americans who came before us, obviously Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Rosa Parks and many others. Just to know that without them, today wouldn’t be possible. With me having inter-racial parents, I probably wouldn’t be here today.
“From a team standpoint, having mostly Caucasian coaches, and Coach (B.J.) McKie, and a majority African-American team, just … 50 years ago, that wasn’t possible. Just to know that people can be treated equally and everybody was created equally and getting that out there to the public. Just to know everybody should be treated the same, black, white, purple, anything in between, that everybody is equal. Everybody has a heartbeat. Everybody has the ability to set goals and dreams and go accomplish them if they set their mind to it.”
What kind of pressure do you feel being a hometown guy playing such a prominent role on a team with the history ETSU has?
“None at all, just because things that are supposed to happen are going to happen, whether I’m at ETSU, App State, Crockett. I just try to prepare myself, put myself in position to be as successful as I can.
“I like the support of the home town. It’s so amazing, being from Johnson City and seeing ETSU while I was growing up, to actually be out there on the court. It makes things a whole lot better. But I don’t feel any pressure at all.”
How much has having your dad as your coach and mentor helped your career?
“He helped me mature more mentally than anything else. The situations he put me through as a young man, as a 15-year-old boy, and making me progress to become a leader really means a lot to me.
“Going to Crockett my sophomore year of high school, looking back now, as immature and uncoachable as I was then and to know where I am now, it speaks volumes to the man that he is, he and my mother and the impact they have had on my life.”
How does being part of a team translate into real life?
“Just being able to work with others is something you learn. Especially when things are not going your way, you have to trust your preparation and do what you can do. You have to do your tasks to the best of your ability so everybody can come together. It’s more than just an individual. Everybody has to do their job.”
What do you want to be when you grow up?
“A basketball coach, an accountant or a train conductor. I always liked trains. When I was younger, my mother used to take us to the library and being downtown, the trains would go by. Even to this day, every time I hear a train, I’m still looking around. It just amazes me.”