In our world of instant gratification, news and alerts, it's hard to comprehend the idea of anything taking an ample amount of time to come into fruition. With high expectations comes a need for immediate results. Unfortunately for division one coaches, this couldn't be any more accurate.
Coming into his second year in the Big Ten with the Scarlet Knights, head coach Eddie Jordan and his staff find themselves in a tough spot after coming off a 10-22 record in year one. With a four man recruiting class which features Corey Sanders - one of the top point guards in the 2015 class - the expectation for a vastly improved sophomore season in the Big Ten isn't out of line for the Rutgers faithful.
The request for immediate improvement may not be fair. With the usual suspects reloading for the new season, a big turnaround during a new Big Ten season will be an uphill climb. Individual success could come from Sanders in year one. Not all freshmen are looked upon for jaw-dropping, impactful seasons as it usually takes time for some. Former Hargrave Military Academy guard Justin Goode is someone who shouldn't be counted on for instant impact, but could turn into a solid contributor down the road for Jordan and company.
Goode comes into New Brunswick as a decorated shooter from all angles of the court. The 6'3" shooting guard is not ranked by ESPN, but possesses an accurate, mechanically sound shooting stroke and a quick release. The Daleville, Virginia native is one of those shooters who is in range as soon as he crosses half court.
Shooting isn't the only offensive skill in his arsenal. Goode is a solid driver who isn't afraid of taking on bigger defenders. He has the ability to use crafty, direction changing moves to get his shot off at odd angles to prevent them from getting blocked. With Eurostep moves and hesitation dribbles, Goode is very well skilled on how to attack the rim against post defenders.
Areas for Improvement
Goode will need to develop his upper body strength in order to consistently see the court. ESPN lists him at 185 pounds, but he could very well benefit by using his freshman season to bulk up. Defensively, Goode could struggle as he doesn't have the lateral quickness to stick with opposing shooting guards. His lack of height and length could make him a defensive liability when it comes to guarding bigger, stronger guards as well.
At 6'3, Goode is in a tricky spot on potentially finding consistent minutes. He's not tall enough to be a labeled as a true shooting guard and he doesn't have the ball-handling skills to be a capable point guard.
Goode probably won't make meaningful contributions right away in 2015. Unless he redshirts, he will serve a role by coming off the bench and providing a spark through his three point shooting prowess. Every program has space for specialists like Goode. Some players need more time than one year to be fully capable of producing at a high level and it'll be important for Scarlet Knight fans to remain patient with prospects like Goode.