ETSU’s Good opts out of upcoming basketball season

Patrick Good (center) and his ETSU teammates hoist the Southern Conference Tournament trophy in Asheville, North Carolina. Good has announced his intention to opt out of the 2020-21 basketball season. PHOTO COURTESY OF ETSU ATHLETICS

ETSU men’s basketball head coach Jason Shay announced on Wednesday that redshirt senior guard Patrick Good has decided to opt-out of his final season with the Buccaneers. 

“After having multiple conversations with Patrick, he decided to utilize the NCAA 2020 opt-out opportunity for his final season,” said Coach Shay. “During our meetings, I made it very clear that I support his decision to opt-out for the health and safety of his family. Due to the uncertainty related to competing, and his concerns related to COVID-19 and the health and safety of his family, he informed me it was in his family’s best interest for him to utilize the opt-out option granted by the NCAA. He has been a tremendous asset to ETSU, and we wish Patrick and his family the best of luck.”

Good made the announcement on Twitter last week, citing a recent positive COVID-19 test that forced him to quarantine away from his young daughter as a driving factor behind his decision. He said the uncertainty of the upcoming season made him reevaluate his decision to play his final season at ETSU.

Good gave fans in Johnson City a lasting memory back in February when he almost single-handedly lifted the Bucs to a victory over Western Carolina in Freedom Hall that allowed ETSU to win the Southern Conference regular-season championship outright.

The Bucs were down 10 points with just over four minutes remaining when Good reeled off 17 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 7 seconds left, to give ETSU a 68-67 victory and send the sellout crowd home happy. Good finished the game with 26 points, and the Bucs went on to win the SoCon tournament title to finish the season 30-4 before COVID-19 wiped out their chance to compete in the NCAA Tournament.

In addition to leading the Bucs to the most wins in a single season in the history of ETSU’s program, Good also made plenty of history at David Crockett High School. Coached by his father John, Good scored 2,513 points and led the Pioneers to the school’s first state tournament as a senior.

Good said via Twitter that plans are in place for his No. 12 jersey to be retired by David Crockett on Oct. 23 during halftime of Crockett’s home football game against Daniel Boone.


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