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Impending fatherhood gives Bucs' Good new perspective on life, basketball

Chris Forbes • Feb 14, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Patrick Good has spent his whole life preparing for classwork and basketball, yet according to the East Tennessee State basketball player nothing can prepare you for being a father.

“I was shocked. It wasn’t really something I had planned to tell my parents at 22, but sometimes in life you have to face different obstacles and adversity,” said Good, ETSU’s single-game 3-point record holder. “So, I put myself aside and knew I wanted to do what is best for the baby and Kenedy (girlfriend).”

Good has always brought a level of maturity and business-like attitude to the court. He carries that same attitude off the court while he tackles the day-to-day schedule of a student-athlete. With a baby on the way, his perspective on what’s important to him outside of basketball has taken a slight shift.

“It’s definitely changed with time management and prioritizing what is important over things that aren’t,” Good said. “Lifting, class, shots, practice, study hall, and making time for my family. I had to let go all of the other stuff that I didn’t need in my life and focus on making myself a better person on and off the court.”

A strong support system has been no stranger to Good and his girlfriend. Outside of immediate family members and friends showing their support, Good has a whole other family that has his back. The entire ETSU men’s basketball team recently attended Patrick and Kenedy’s baby shower to celebrate the arrival of their future daughter. It was this special bond with his teammates that he wishes to translate as a father to his daughter, who is due any day.

“Everybody came to the baby shower,” said Good. “Even though it’s not necessarily a male thing to do I guess, but it shows the type of bond that we have as a team and family. I really just wanted them there to celebrate with me and appreciate them being there.”

The celebration and excitement over a baby has helped Good rekindle his desire to be a good father. He reflected on the harsh reality of kids not growing up with a father figure in their lives and his commitment to be there for his daughter and family.

“Some people don’t have that father figure in their life – whatever the situation may be to have caused that – but I know I wasn’t going to put myself in those shoes,” said Good. “To leave her (my daughter) out to dry, to have her feel like she wasn’t good enough for me to be in her life, I would never do that to any child, but especially my own.”

Good is keen on keeping his personal life and basketball life separated when it comes to staying focused on the season. His maturity has helped block out unnecessary distractions that could hinder both his and his teammate’s season as they battle at the top of the Southern Conference. For him, not allowing the two worlds to mix has helped him maintain a level head.

“It’s definitely always on my mind, but I try my best to keep my basketball life and personal life away from one another,” he said. “Whether I’m playing well or bad, I don’t want that to drag into how I’m treating my family, my friends or my classwork. And vice versa, I don’t let my personal life affect how I play.

“One thing I have always emphasized and stuck with is ‘never too high, never too low.’ There will be bad days, but not allowing it to turn into two bad days is something I feel I’ve learned by growing and maturing on my own.”

When asked what his goals for the end of the season were, a smile appeared on Good’s face.

“A healthy baby, a SoCon Championship and graduating in May.”

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