Sasha Goodlett fell in love with the Indiana Fever watching them play on television. The Fever apparently felt likewise.
The WNBA team made the former Georgia Tech star the 11th overall choice in the league’s draft Monday. Goodlett is the second Yellow Jackets player in as many years to be chosen in the first round, following Alex Montgomery’s selection by the New York Liberty last year.
“Honestly, I’m ready to go [Tuesday] if they wanted me (to),” Goodlett said by phone from draft headquarters at ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn.
This past season, Goodlett earned All-ACC second-team honors at the center spot and led the Jackets to their first-ever Sweet 16 berth. She has kept an eye on the Fever, taking a liking to their relentless style. The Fever are coached by Lin Dunn, who coached Tech coach MaChelle Joseph at Purdue and has been a coaching mentor.
“I know she’s a hard-nosed coach that gets the best out of her players,” Goodlett said. “I’m ready for her to get the best out of me.”
The WNBA season begins May 18. Last year, the Fever tied for the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference and reached the conference finals, losing to the Dream.