Tech’s Goodlett goes 11th to Indiana

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.

15 comments Add your comment

BLT

April 16th, 2012
5:07 pm

Congratulations to Sasha. Best wishes and the best of luck.

BLT

April 16th, 2012
5:08 pm

Jacket Man

April 16th, 2012
5:08 pm

Congratulations to Sasha. This just shows you what a great work ethic, good attitude, and the intelligence to go along with it will get you!

Teddy Roosevelt

April 16th, 2012
5:41 pm

If you have the talent, they will find you.

Derek Craig

April 16th, 2012
6:04 pm

I hit more threes…..in practice

BLT

April 16th, 2012
6:20 pm

So, you want to play in the WNBA Derek? Juwanna Mann

How many centers shoot 3’s? You are a Genius. Trying reading the article before trolling.

gtfanfrom1951

April 16th, 2012
6:49 pm

Jim 70

April 16th, 2012
8:12 pm

Congrats Sasha. A great education and you will have a fabulous wnba career.

Best of luck!

Biff Pocoroba

April 16th, 2012
10:40 pm

And she is getting her degree, unlike any of Paul Hewitt’s players that got drafted.

crackbaby

April 17th, 2012
10:19 am

Congratulations and best wishes to Sasha! A person who overachieved by working hard every day to improve herself on and off the court.

A great story. Her family and friends must be so proud of that young woman.

DesignerJacket

April 17th, 2012
10:41 am

2 straight years with a first round draft pick and now a Top 5 recruiting class! Machelle Joseph is taking this program to the top. Give the men’s team a little more time and we’ll be known for great basketball to an extant we haven’t seen before. Men’s and women’s teams as power programs! It’ll take a while for the men’s team to get rebuilt, but it can get there in a few years. Go Jackets!

GA4276

April 17th, 2012
5:42 pm

I have watched Sasha grow “into” herself over her college carreer. She is an amazing player and an inspiration to us all. I will miss seeing her on the floor with our GT girls but am very happy to see her living her dream. The Georgia Tech class of 2012 gave us 5 greats who left it all out on the floor. I hope they all get to live their dream as well. We’ll be watching you Sasha!

Patrick Dron

April 18th, 2012
4:37 pm

congrats to Sasha on being drafted in the first round of the WNBA draft and best of luck to her in the WNBA.

Bobby C

April 19th, 2012
3:19 pm

Sasha, the jacker faithful are sooo proud of you. You are shining example of the payoff for hardwork and attitude. Too bad noone thought to assign you as Glen Rice Jr’s on campus mentor. Have fun with the Fever. With coach Lin Dunn there I cannot think of a better WNBA situation for you.

Trippy 01

April 21st, 2012
4:37 pm

I could not agree with you more Bobby C about the Glen Rice issue. Sasha I’m so very proud of you. I would have loved to seen what Coach Joseph could have done with all the talent Hewitt had. Anthony Morrow, Shumpert, and Young alone have shown what a joke Hewitt was. I’m ashamed to say I defended him until Morrow started doing what Hewitt prevented him from doing here. Morrow would start to get hot her and hit 2 3’s in a row and Hewitt would take him out. He did that to all the players when they got hot.