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Goode takes the long way home
February 12, 2011
Former Mid-Carolina standout back in Midlands after his many travels
By CHRIS DEARING - Special to the State
It's been a long journey but Marcus Goode feels likes he has finally found a home.
The much-traveled former Mid-Carolina star has landed less than 45 miles from his home and is leading a resurgent Benedict team to the top of the SIAC standings.
Benedict is tied for the SIAC lead going into today's game against Claflin at noon. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS College Sports.
"I went through a lot to get here," Goode said of his journey. "I finally made it and I'm trying to stick with it. I'm here now and I just want to get my grades right and play ball."
Goode's travels have covered five schools. After playing at Mid-Carolina for two years, he transferred to the Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C., his final two years to try and get his grades in order.
The 6-foot-10, 295-pound center signed with Marshall but had to sit out his first year because of his grades. He played one semester during the 2008-09 season, averaging 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds and eight minutes per game.
"Everything wasn't going right with the team and plus I got a little homesick and wanted to get back a little closer," Goode said. "We didn't have good team chemistry or leadership so I gave up on it."
He left Marshall in January of 2009 and sat out the 2009-10 season. But he was still on the radar of a couple of programs that were familiar with his time at Mid-Carolina.
He nearly opted to play at Newberry but before the start of the fall semester last year, he decided to give in to the recruiting pitch Benedict coach Fred Watson and his staff presented.
Watson said once his staff found out Goode left Marshall, they put the full-court press on to get him to come to Columbia.
"It was basically a four-year recruiting process," Watson said. "We tracked him at Marshall and let him know if anything was to come up, to let us know. We picked back up with the recruiting but this time he chose Newberry. We continued talking with him and his mother and finally it paid off and he decided to come here. As you can tell, it's paid off for us. It's rare that his kind of talent comes to Division II but when it does, it's special."
The payoff has been huge for Goode and Benedict. Goode missed the first semester because some of his credit hours from Marshall didn't transfer. But since he became eligible the second semester, the Tigers have won 13 of their past 15 games.
"It's no accident as he's coming along, the team's coming along," Watson said. "We had a recent stretch where we beat the top four teams in the league. That's a direct reflection on the impact Marcus Goode has made for us."
Goode is averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds per game. He started slowly and had to work the rust off from sitting out so long. Plus he was unable to practice with the team until he became eligible. But now brings an inside presence that not many teams on the Division II level can match.
"At first it was a big adjustment but now it's getting easier," Goode said. "I'm very humble about my game but I don't see many guys my size. I take a lot of people out of their game just because of my size."
With his journey, he hopes, coming full circle, the Tigers are ranked No. 3 in the NCAA II South Region and Goode likes the prospects of the future.
"As long as I have these guys, I think we can go a long way," he said. "Our team chemistry is pretty good and we have some leaders. I like this team better than what I had a Marshall."
Source: The State Newspaper