Sean Good may have been making an unofficial visit to Penn State on Saturday, but Trinity's talented big man rolled home packing something mighty official.
And that really, really official item now tucked away in Good’s well-traveled gym bag is a scholarship offer from a power conference basketball program.
Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers extended the offer to the 6-11 Good while he and his parents were tucked away in the Beaver Stadium stands.
“It was really surprising,” Good recalled, referring to a memorable outing that included Penn State’s 27-14 victory over Buffalo. “Half the day had gone by, but it was really fun. All of a sudden he came up and said it, that they were offering a full scholarship. … All of us were like in shock. We were all so happy.
“It was pretty overwhelming, yeah.”
Cleveland-based guard Dwayne Cohill also was making an unofficial visit to Penn State yesterday. Hershey’s Dylan Painter and Philly Roman Catholic’s Lamar Stevens also were on campus, as both were making official visits.
Saturday, however, was a milestone for Good and his family. Especially since the Penn State staff was the first Division I program to extend an offer.
“It feels real good,” said Good, who spent time at a Penn State prospects camp earlier this summer. “It was nice that both my parents were there, that made it really special. We’ve all worked really hard. It was really special.”
Sean Good (42) has just started his sophomore year at Trinity, but he's already holding a scholarship offer from Penn State. (Sean Simmers, PennLive.com)
“It’s just awesome,” added Trinity head basketball coach Larry Kostelac Jr. “I’m really happy for him and his folks. Obviously, the Penn State thing is on the upswing — as far as I’m concerned.
"It was a heck of a day for him. First of many to come.”
As a freshman last season, Good averaged 7.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game for a youthful Shamrocks program (19-8) that captured its second straight District 3-AA championship and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. Many of those involved are still wearing Trinity green.
Since last season, Good has really been trying to work on developing an efficient mid-range jump shot to go with his back-to-the-basket skills. That way, he might be able to play the four and the five when he reaches the next level.
Just 15 years old, Good is still growing. He’s added close to an inch to his 195-pound frame and he possesses the wingspan of someone who stands between 7-2 and 7-3.
“I’ve gotten stronger without a doubt,” Good admitted. “My athletic ability has gone up and I’m progressing when it comes to lifting weight.”
“He’s stronger than he was,” mentioned Kostelac, who expects some 26 or 27 schools to visit Trinity in the coming weeks for open gyms with Penn State one of them. “He’s working hard in the fitness center.
“He’s doing everything he needs to do.”
At the same time, Good has another unofficial visit lined up for next month.
He and his folks, along with Kostelac, will be heading to South Bend, Ind., to check out Notre Dame. They’ll be there on Oct. 17, the day the Fighting Irish play Southern Cal.
“That’s going to be fun,” Good said. “My mom went to Penn State, but she’s a diehard Notre Dame fan. “When she found out we were going to both, she was like 10 times more excited about going to visit Notre Dame.
“Her whole family is like Notre Dame, Notre Dame.”
It’s all part of what figures to be an exciting yet demanding recruiting process for Good and his folks, a process that’s really just tipped off.
“There’s a lot of pressure,” Good admitted, ‘but it’s worth it.”
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