Take another one of the top 2021 high school basketball prospects in Indiana off the clock. Luke Goode committed on Friday afternoon to continue his basketball career at the University […]
Take another one of the top 2021 high school basketball prospects in Indiana off the clock. Luke Goode committed on Friday afternoon to continue his basketball career at the University of Illinois.
“Right now, after talking to my parents and with everything going on in the world, there are obviously a lot of question marks and Illinois has been there since day one,” Goode told Outside the Huddle. “Coach [Brad] Underwood and coach [Stephen] Gentry since the day I got offered have made me their priority and I want to go to go to a school that wants me really bad. I just felt like it was the right fit.”
Goode also noted not knowing what will happen with an AAU season also led to the timing of this decision. With that, he said that the 2020 class that Illinois has added really made him want to play there. The 2020 class includes already signed commitments from New York’s four-star Andre Curbelo and California’s three-star Coleman Hawkins.
“One of the things about Illinois that really stood out to me was their 2020 class,” Goode said. “Just being able to play with them when I came in and the kind of culture that has been at Illinois really stood out to me.”
Goode upped his recruiting profile as a junior, drawing offers from many major programs on route to being named an Indiana Junior All-Star. Goode averaged 17.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game and was named All-SAC First Team and was named Underclass All-State ‘Supreme 15’ by the IBCA as well as a member of the OTH All-Area team.
Other major offers for Goode heading into the day included Maryland, Butler, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, Northwestern, Stanford, Xavier and IUPUI.
With rumors swirling but not being confirmed in the media, Goode did officially confirm with Outside the Huddle that he will not be playing football at Homestead in the fall and concentrating solely on his senior basketball season.
“I just feel like the best possible way for me to contribute as a freshman and come into a basketball program like that is to not play football and focus my time on basketball,” Goode said. “Being able to play basketball and not have pressure on myself with the recruiting and committing will be easier. I will be able to work on my basketball game, knowing what I need to work on to contribute to Illinois.”
At Illinois, Goode will also be able to play in the same conference as longtime friend and AAU teammate Caleb Furst with the Blackhawk Christian junior also heading to the Big Ten at Purdue University.