Good, East Tennessee State’s record-setting shooting guard, underwent hip surgery March 27 after playing through a painful injury for an entire season. He says the recovery is going well.
“We’re taking it one step at a time, one day at a time,” Good said while working the ETSU basketball camp. “There’s a couple phases we have to hit. Building the other muscles, range of motion and then walking and running-and-jumping. We’re kind of between the walking and running-and-jumping.”
Good, a former star at David Crockett High School, suffered the injury during the preseason last year and it was thought to be a potentially season-ending torn labrum in his hip. But he said there was no way he was going to miss the season, not after having to sit out the previous year when he transferred from Appalachian State.
“Not two years in a row,” he said. “I felt like mentally I could get through it and physically it got me to a certain point. I have the best trainer in Brett Lewis. I give him credit for all the treatment and he had me ready and prepared for every game.”
Good set the school record for 3-pointers in a game when he made 11 against Western Carolina. During the latter part of the season, especially in the Southern Conference tournament, it was apparent his injury was affecting him more and more.
“I gave all I had,” he said. “I hope it it showed the coaches and the team and the community that I’ll do whatever I can to be on the court to fight for the school and my teammates. It wasn’t enough but I gave everything I could.”
Good, who won’t play during ETSU’s European trip this summer, hopes to be back in action in time for the coming season.
“I have to realize if I do too much it can hold me back and give us some complications later on,” he said. “It’s tough. It’s very mental. But I know I can be an even better teammate if I come back 100 percent.”