Women's Hoops Signs Three Student-Athletes in Early Period

Nov. 14, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State has signed three highly touted student-athletes to study and play basketball for the Sun Devils, ASU head women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne announced Thursday.

ASU's signees include Alisha Godette of Colorado Springs, Colo., Aubree Johnson of Post Falls, Idaho, and Emily Westerberg of Greenacres, Wash.

Godette, a 5-10 shooting guard from Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, is ranked 17th in the nation by the All-Star Girls Report and 19th by All-Game Sports. A 2002 honorable-mention Street & Smith All-American and a USA Today Player to Watch, Godette averaged 14.0 points and 7.2 rebounds as a junior and has helped her Doherty team reach the Colorado 5A state championship game in each of the last two years. She earned first-team Denver Post all-state honors last year and is a two-time Rocky Mountain News honorable-mention all-state selection. Godette was a member of the USA Youth Development Festival West Team as well as a 2001 adidas Top Ten Camp Underclass All-Star and a 2002 adidas Upperclass All-Star. She is also a three-year starter on the Mile Hi Magic AAU team which finished fifth in the U.S. Junior Nationals this summer.

'Alisha is the best defensive player I've ever coached, and I've coached at a number of levels,' said Carl Mattei, head coach of the Mile Hi Magic AAU team. 'When Alisha wants to play defense, she can stop anyone in the country. You'll just be in awe of what this kid can do. I like to call her a female Michael Jordan because her first step is so quick, and she is so explosive to the basket that she can't be stopped. She's a kid who doesn't realize how good she is. Alisha is just a wonderful human being who is so willing to learn.'

'Alisha has the rare ability to take over a game with both her offense and her defense,' Turner Thorne said. 'Her incredible 'power,' skills and court savvy make her one of the best, if not the best, high school guard in the country. She is not only focused on being the best she can be, she is focused on being one of the best that has ever played the game. We cannot wait to have this intelligent, fun and talented young lady here at Arizona State.'

Johnson, a 6-2 power forward, comes to ASU from Post Falls (Idaho) High School where she was named the 2002 4A Idaho Player of the Year. She led her team to the 4A state title and averaged 16.1 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game last year en route to being named the MVP of the Border League. A 2002 Nike All-America Camp attendee, Johnson is ranked at 47th in the country by All-Game Sports and is a three-time all-league selection (first team as a sophomore and a junior and second team as a freshman). She is also a two-time first-team all-league selection in volleyball and was a member of the Post Falls' state championship swimming teams as a freshman and a sophomore. Johnson and fellow signee, Emily Westerberg, also play for the Spokane Stars AAU team, which won the BCI national 14-and-under and 15-and-under basketball titles and was the national runner-up in the 16-and-under national tournament this summer.

'Aubree is the most complete basketball player I've had the privilege to coach,' said Chris Johnson, the Post Falls High School girls' basketball coach. 'At 6-2, she has a very strong inside presence but can shoot the three and has great ball-handling skills. She can play all five positions for us. Aubree is also a 4.0 (G.P.A.) student who is self-motivated to be the best player she can be. She is a leader on our team and at our school.'

'Going into this summer, Aubree was probably the best-kept secret in the country. At 6-2, she can play every position short of point guard,' Turner Thorne said. 'Aubree can shoot the three or take you inside. Her versatility and athleticism combine to make her one of the toughest matchups around. After one conversation, Aubree's intelligence and determination shined through, and we simply had to have her.'

A 6-0 forward out of Central Valley High School in Veradale, Wash., Emily Westerberg was the 2002 4A Washington Player of the Year. She has averaged 18.0 points per game and led her team to the 4A state title in each of the last two seasons, earning all-tournament honors as a sophomore and tournament MVP honors as a junior. Her Central Valley team has turned in a 58-2 record in her two years and has won 20 straight league games. A 2002 Nike All-America Camp attendee, Westerberg, who is ranked 34th in the country by All-Game Sports, was the MVP of her league and earned first-team all-state honors last season.

'Emily is just an outstanding person and one of the best basketball players I've ever coached,' said Ron Adams, head coach of the Spokane Stars AAU team. 'She is one of the hardest working players I've ever seen. Outside of regular basketball practice, she spends so much time on her own perfecting anything a coach gives her. Emily is what we call a franchise player, a player who can turn a program around. Arizona State has been so successful, that they don't need any turning around, and Emily will definitely be able to step in and make a difference right away. I've been coaching for 22 years, and Aubree and Emily are the top two players I've ever had. They are the kind of really special players that only come along every 25 years. They have been my team captains every year and are great kids off the court as well.'

'I have had my eye on this young lady for several years. Besides being an awesome athlete and basketball player, Emily's intensity and aggressiveness are off the charts,' Turner Thorne said. 'While saying she has the heart of a champion may sound clich�, just wait until you see her play! On the court, she is explosive and fiery, and off the court, she is cheerful, outgoing and just an incredibly giving young woman. We have coined Emily and her best friend, Aubree, the dynamic duo, and I have no doubt they will live upto that title.'

ASU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEESName	Ht.	Pos.	Hometown/SchoolAlisha Godette	5-10	G	Colorado Springs, Colo./Doherty HSAubree Johnson	6-2	F	Post Falls, Idaho/Post Falls HSEmily Westerberg	6-0	F	Greenacres, Wash./Central Valley HS
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