LUBBOCK, Texas – Lady Raider Basketball Head Coach Candi Whitaker announced the addition of transfer student Sydney Goodson Saturday afternoon.
“I am excited that Sydney has decided to join the Lady Raider family. She is a great fit for our program on and off the court. She is a versatile guard that can play the lead or off guard who can facilitate offense and score the ball,” Whitaker said. “Sydney is an even better person and teammate. She will have an immediate impact on our program. We are excited about the opportunity to focus on Sydney's development and transition to Texas Tech this upcoming year.”
Goodson is a 5-8 guard from Argyle, Texas. She played her freshman season at Arizona State and will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Goodson will have three years of eligibility left, starting with her sophomore season in 2018-19.
“I am thrilled to return to Texas and play for a great and successful program that is surrounded by competitive, caring and passionate people,” Goodson said. “I am excited to see where we can go in the next few years. I can’t wait to call Lubbock and Texas Tech my home.”
During her freshman season with the Sun Devils, Goodson saw action in 27 of the 33 games played. She recorded a .385 shooting average and shot .350 from beyond the arc. Of Goodson’s 27 games played, 16 were during Pac 12 play. She shot .359 from the field and .360 from the arc.
Goodson is a 2016 graduate of Liberty Christian in Argyle. She led her team to back-to-back TAPPS state championships during her junior and senior seasons.
She was named the Denton Record-Chronicle’s 2016 Co-Offensive Player of the Year after averaging 17.6 points, 3.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game while knocking down 41 percent of her 3-pointers. As a junior she was named to the TAPPS 1-5A Girls First Team and the Denton Record-Chronicle All-Area Basketball Second Team.
After leading her team to their first TAPPS 5A state championship since 2011, Goodson was named to the 2015 TAPPS 5A All-Tournament Team after scoring 16 points in the championship game in Liberty’s 45-38 win over Mansfield Timberview.
In her freshman season, Goodson was named to the Denton Record-Chronicle All-Area Basketball Second Team.
Goodson chose Texas Tech over Kansas State and UT-Arlington.
What they're saying about Sydney Goodson:
“Lead-guard handles, distributes with unselfish persona; mid-range game creator extends to the arc; dishes in uptempo. Fundamental, competitive floor-leader handles and passes in transition; smooth stroke off the dribble, mid-range game creator to the arc; deceptive quicks, reads pressure, distributes. (Olson)
Dan Olson – ESPN Girls Basketball Report