Another Illinois State alum has inked a professional contract following her breakout collegiate season with the Redbirds.

Former ISU women’s hoops star Simone Goods has signed a contract to play overseas with the SPAR Gran Canaria team in Las Palmas, Spain.

“I am very excited to get started and experience this new journey,” Goods said. “It still hasn’t hit me yet, but I know that I deserve it. I have never left the country before, but I can’t think of a better reason to do so.”

Goods emerged as one of the best players in the Missouri Valley Conference in her two seasons with the Redbirds after transferring over from Kirkwood Community College. While at ISU, she averaged 14.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game her junior year before posting averages of 16.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game this past season.

During the 2017-18 season, Goods was named on the MVC All-Conference Honorable Mention team and was named the MVC Newcomer of the Year. She was a MVC All-Conference First Team selection this past season after finishing third in the league in points per game and fourth in the league in rebounding.

The 6-foot-2 Omaha, Nebraska, native is the fourth ISU player to sign a professional contract since head coach Kristen Gillespie took over.

Gillespie, who indicated that Goods was her first recruit as head coach, is excited for Goods and the opportunity she has earned herself.

“I am extremely proud of Simone,” she said. “Her commitment improving all areas of her game this past year is what led her to achieve this lifelong goal.

BLAINE LEWALLEN is the Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at bmlewal@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @blainelew3 


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