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Aleah Goodman enters name into the 2021 WNBA Draft

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Oregon State may have another guard drafted in the WNBA Draft. 

Aleah Goodman officially opted into the 2021 WNBA Draft as announced by the league Saturday afternoon. She was one of 52 players to put their names into the hat. 

She could be the sixth Beaver drafted in the last six WNBA Drafts, joining Jamie Weisner (2016), Ruth Hamblin (2016), Sydney Wiese (2017), Marie Gulich (2018) and Mikayla Pivec (2020).

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Destiny Slocum, who transferred from Oregon State to Arkansas last offseason, also declared for the 2021 WNBA Draft. 

Mechelle Voepel of ESPN has Goodman going undrafted. 

The senior guard decided earlier this week to not take advantage of an additional season of college eligibility and move on from her NCAA career, as she announced on her Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

"Oregon State has given me my best friends, provided me with a place to call home, and has been everything I could have imagined these last four years to be," she wrote. "I will be forever thankful I had the opportunity to represent this university. Thank you.

 

With that being said, I have decided not to come back next year.

Aleah Goodman

"I am excited to start this next chapter of my life and can't wait to see what God has in store for me."  

The Milwaukie, OR native spent four seasons as a part of the Beavers rotation having career highlights leaving behind plenty of notable accomplishments.

  • 22 points off the bench to upset then-No. 2 Oregon as a sophomore
  • Winning Pac-12 Sixth Player of the Year (2018-19)
  • All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (2018-19)
  • Pac-12 Freshman Honorable Mention (2017-18)
  • Two-time Pac-12 Defensive Honorable Mention (2019-20, 2020-21)
  • All-Pac-12 (2020-21)
  • Pac-12 All-Tournament Team (2020-21)
  • Regional Finalist for the WBCA Coaches' All-America Team (2020-21)

Goodman finished her career 16th in program history in career points (1,162) and third in 3-pointers made.

As a senior this past season, the La Salle High School graduate averaged 16.2 points and 4.9 assists per game on 49% 3PT shooting (4.9 attempts per game). 

The 5'9" guard has said she wants to get into coaching after her playing days are over. 

After a season-ending loss to South Carolina in the NCAA tournament, Goodman said she had not "really thought about [returning], my sole focus was on this year and this team." 

The news comes a few days after starting shooting guard Sasha Goforth entered the transfer portal, and landed in Arkansas, so the Beavers will not return either guard from its starting lineup. 

Talia von Oelhoffen and five-star guard Greta Kampschroeder are expected to start as freshmen next season in the backcourt following Goodman's decision. 

The 2021 WNBA Draft will take place on April 15 (ESPN, 4 p.m. PST).