It wasn’t long ago when we were talking and letting people know about 2024 Richard Goods from Ben L. Smith and Carolina Clutch (Click Here).  Then, the 6’6 prospect captured our eyes with his size, feel, and presence down low in the post, as Goods was extremely productive every time we watched him. In fact, we had this to say about his game shortly after:

“Already standing at 6’6 and built like a football player, Goods does an excellent job in several areas of the court.  He runs the floor well and gets to his spot down in the paint, while also displaying really nice touch and feel around the basket.  And you can’t deny the hustle and rebounding ability he provides, as he consistently was getting second-chance opportunities throughout the entire event.  He is a new name to watch but we think he is going to be a name many will soon know in North Carolina for the 2024 class.”

Well, it didn’t take long for college coaches to recognize either, as Goods earned his first offer this past week from Western Carolina. 

The summer has been a big one for now the 6’8 big man; one that has allowed him to really showcase his game more and get stronger.  And now, people are starting to recognize more in just what he can provide.

“I felt like this summer has been great, I have done a lot of things with my game on the court and also got in the weight room to make me stronger,” Goods told Phenom Hoops.  “My game has come a long way and I felt like people are recognizing it and it has been a great first year.  I can’t forget ending my first year out with an offer from Western Carolina; it was the best thing that happened in my first-year experience.”

It seems to be just the start for Goods but it was clear back then that this is a young, rising big had the talent to play at the next level and it seems like more could be coming his way.

Having a bigger presence this upcoming season at Ben L. Smith:

“I’m excited because now Coach Partee trusts me more on the floor and to take shots and dribble. Over the year, I have gotten stronger, smarter, and more mature and I have developed more skills in the post, while also getting my handles better so I can make a move on the court.  Now, I’m working more on my footwork so by this season, I’m going to be a real impact for the Eagles.”

Breaking down more of his game:

“I like to do a lot of stuff.  I am comfortable being on the wing, handling the ball and shooting threes, mid-range shots, and making the best reads for my team.  But if I see a mismatch in the paint, then I’m going to go there and call for the ball and try my best to convert the play.  I can go wherever coach needs me to be and make something positive out of it.  If I’m knocking down a three or making the extra pass or finishing at the rim, I can do it.  I feel most comfortable playing some o f the two but mostly I’m a 3-5 man.”