By Kevin McPherson
LITTLE ROCK — 2020 Sasha Goforth (6-0 como guard, Fayetteville, 17U Arkansas Banshees, ESPN national No. 19 / 4-star prospect) committed to Oregon State on Wednesday.
“Just a place that felt like home away from home,” Goforth said about her college choice. “Good culture, good morals, family oriented. I just want to make a difference and help accomplish something big.”
Goforth’s accomplishments so far in high school have been big — 2019 Gatorade Arkansas Girls High School Player of the Year as a junior, Team USA Basketball training camp invitee and participant, and MVP as a freshman in 2016-17 after leading Fayetteville to the 7A state title.
Following her senior year at FHS in ’19-20, Goforth — she averaged 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game as a junior in ’18-19 for the Lady Purple ‘Dogs — will move to Corvallis, Ore., to join a Beavers program that has reached four consecutive Sweet 16s (2016-19) to go with two Elite Eights (’16 and ’18) and one Final Four (2016) in the past four seasons.
Goforth chose Oregon State over Arkansas, Texas A&M, and dozens more offers from the NCAA Division 1 ranks. She had taken an official visit to Arkansas the weekend of May 24-26.
In a statement that she released via Twitter earlier Wednesday, Goforth thanked the Razorbacks’ coaching staff in a lead-up to announcing her decision …
“To all of the other coaches and schools who took time to recruit me and get to know me, specifially Coach (Mike) Neighbors and the rest of the Arkansas staff, thank you so much. Thank you to all of my friends and the rest of my family who have helped with this decision. I am beyond blessed.
“With that being said, I would like to announce my commitment to Oregon State University. I can’t wait to start this next chapter in my life. #gobeavs”
Goforth has competed with and against one of the top class of 2021 players in the country in Fort Smith Northside’s Jersey Wolfenbarger (6-2 guard, ESPN national No. 24 / 4-star prospect), and Wolfenbarger delivered high praise for her 17U Arkansas Banshees teammate.
“If I could describe Sasha as one thing it would be a competitor,” Wolfenbarger said. “She’s one of those players that you can never count out because the fight never stops at one punch. Just watching from afar, I’ve learned so much from her game and her ability to score at all levels.
“But playing with her is a greater blessing. During you career you come across few people that actually impact you and I can genuinely say that Sasha has impacted me. Probably without even knowing it. I’ve loved playing beside her because we constantly push each other in every aspect of the game. We compete with each other fiercely, but after the game we are friends again. I am beyong proud to even be associated with her and wish her the best in her career.”