WINNSBORO — Prentice Goode doesn’t see himself as a leader, but the senior from Fairfield Central can’t stop anyone from looking to him as inspiration.
Prentice, or PJ as his teammates call him, quietly puts in his work and stands ready to contribute when called upon on the court.
Off the court, he remains quiet but says enough to garner laughs from entertained players who enjoy his antics.
The 6-foot-3 senior has played ball since he was in eighth grade. He doesn’t see himself as a great player, but his contributions have been big, especially during the Griffins six game win streak.
Former Griffin Daniel Maple, who graduated in 2014, was Goode’s inspiration to play.
PJ’s approach to the game is very laid back. He understands that basketball is just a game and is looking forward to enjoying it while he can. He also doesn’t think his approach lends to him being a leader.
“I don’t know if I could maintain what it takes to be a leader,” he said.
He has an imposing presence, but has never considered playing sports besides basketball. “It’s just not me,” he said.
PJ, like seemingly all the seniors playing basketball, said he enjoys math. He said it’s not just arithmetic that he enjoys, but probability and statistics as well.
When asked what his greatest accomplishment is, Prentice isn’t sure. He is enjoying the ride though, and isn’t sure what is next.
“I’m just kind of going with the flow,” he said, adding that e hopes to go to school and learn to weld. “I want to go to Atlanta, get away.”
Like baseball great Frank Hurt, PJ looks intimidating but he is a gentle man at heart. Ultimately, if given the chance, he would help others.
“If I won the lottery, I’d give it back,” he said. “I’d help out the homeless. I’d put up shelters and help people who need it.”
Coach Devin Liferidge had plenty of praise for PJ.
“He’s a good kid, very laid back,” Liferidge said. “I’ve only really seen him upset once, he was just kind of fired up at practice. Great teammate, kids love him, fun to be around.”
Liferidge said it’s important not to equate being laid back with being lazy.
“He’s very relaxed. Not a whole lot bothers him. That’s who he is,” the coach said. “Sometimes I’m laid back too and it’s important not to confuse that with effort and focus. He’s not going to be that guy barking and yelling and up in your face.”
It’s clear, though, that he doesn’t need to be. PJ has played sparingly but provided a solid defensive boost with every minute and has had his share of points as well. This senior may not see himself as a leader, but he sets a fine example to those around him.
Reach James Inabinet at (803) 635-4016.