DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University women’s basketball head coach Joanne P. McCallie has added a fourth member to the 2018 recruiting class with the addition of Australian standout Miela Goodchild. The 5-10 combo guard will join the Blue Devils in August of 2018, after signing a letter of intent this past week.
A native of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Goodchild will bring a wealth of international experience with her to Durham, N.C., as she has competed on numerous Australian national teams over the last four years.
“Miela is special,” said McCallie. “She’s got great talent and great skills; point guard, two guard, really any kind of guard. But, I think the thing that separates her the most is her passion, her competition, and her work ethic. She’s a very gritty player. She loves competition and she loves to make her teammates better across the board. So, we’re absolutely thrilled, excited, and looking forward to working with her.”
Goodchild, a current member of the 2018-19 Australian Gems squad, competed in the 2018 U20 Australian Nationals averaging a tournament-best 19.4 points a game. She helped her squad to the silver medal, while also averaging 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Goodchild hit 45.5 percent from three-point land and 54.4 percent from the field. In seven contests, Goodchild scored 20 or more points three times, including 28 points versus Tassie U-20 and 27 against Victoria.
In January of 2018, Goodchild earned a WNBL Championship ring with the Townsville Fire as a development player.
She received All-Tournament accolades at the 2017 FIBA Oceania Championships for the Australian U17 Sapphires. Goodchild, who was selected captain, led all scorers with a 23.0 per game average, while ranking tied seventh in assists (3.4) and fifth in steals (3.6). Her Australian team won all five games and took home the gold medal. She totaled 20 or more points in four of the five contests, including 28 against Tahiti.
Goodchild was selected the 2016 and 2017 Basketball Queensland Player of the Year and the Logan Basketball Junior Player of the Year. She competed on the Australia 2016 U17 FIBA World Championship team that produced a 6-0 record and won the gold medal.
As a senior at Moreton Bay College, Goodchild competed in the U18 Australian National Championships and averaged 19.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.8 assists. She averaged 30.6 points at the Queensland Champion Schools Moreton Bay Open as a junior and helped her team to the gold medal at the Queensland Division I State Championship averaging an individual-best 30.4 points. Goodchild played on the U18 Australian National Championships as a junior as well averaging 15.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals. She named MVP of the U16 Australian National Championships, averaging 13.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.3 assists.
Goodchild will join Onome Akinbode-James (Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria), Rayah Craig (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Uchenna Nwoke (Denver, Colo.), who already signed in November of 2017 and will be freshmen at Duke in the fall.