The boys basketball class of 2021 has the potential to be a special one in Fort Wayne.
The headliner in the class at the moment is Blackhawk Christian's Caleb Furst, a talented do-it-all forward. The Braves' 6-foot-8 star isn't the only Summit City player attracting Division I attention, however. Homestead guard Luke Goode has size, court vision and shooting ability, and he's just getting started.
The 6-5 sharpshooter joined his good friend Furst at the Bill Hensley Memorial Run N Slam at Spiece Fieldhouse over the weekend and helped Indy Heat 2021 to a 3-2 record despite some struggles shooting the ball. Goode played the facilitator more often as he tried to find the range with his jump shot.
“I think I could have been a lot better this weekend, I didn't play to my full potential,” Goode said. “I tried to get my teammates involved as much as possible because my shot wasn't falling and I played defense.”
Despite those struggles, Goode's all-around abilities were obvious, especially on the offensive end. He can shoot off the dribble, forcing teams to go over screens and giving him chances to get to the basket.
His team looked for him to facilitate on the fast break and he usually made the right decisions, pulling up for his own shot or dishing to a teammate for an easy basket. In a tough pool-play matchup against Young & Reckless, an Illinois team, he scored 11 points.
Only three of those came in the second half, however, as Y&R tried to get the ball out of his hands or force him to take tough shots.
Indy Heat lost the game 81-60.
Heat coach Roy Hairston, who is also an assistant at IUPUI, which has offered Goode a scholarship, thought his guard was pressing a little in the tournament.
“Luke's ability to put the ball on the floor, I'd like to see him get to the rack a little bit more, get some free throws and that will jump-start your rhythm also,” Hairston said.
Goode will have plenty of other opportunities to improve this summer taking on some of the best players in his class on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball Circuit.
The Indy Heat's main goal is to reach Peach Jam, the EYBL finals that will be held July 10-14 in North Augusta, South Carolina.
The Spartans' guard already has a scholarship offer to play basketball at Iowa, but his recruitment is really just getting started.
He plans to visit Maryland in the near future, and Indiana has been watching him closely, along with Xavier, Butler and several others. He made an unofficial visit to West Lafayette last August, as well.
“(Purdue) told me to keep working hard, because I'll be one of the guys they'll be looking for during the school season and next summer,” Goode told GoldandBlack.com in the fall of 2018.
“They said they like my shooting, how can I score the ball, and that I can also play defense, match up 1 through 5 and guard everyone on the court.”
It's an exciting time for Goode and other members of the 2021 class, which could make plenty of noise over the next two years.
“It's awesome to see a bunch of sophomores around the state succeed,” Goode said. “It says a lot for Indiana basketball and it says that Indiana players do it right. There's a lot of great players out here and it's fun to play against them.”