By: Justin Myers
Deja Francis is one of the five newest additions to the Bonnies and one of the three freshmen.
Francis being able to fill a role the Bonnies needed was one of the main reasons she came to St. Bonaventure.
“I choose St. Bonaventure because it was the right fit for me. As you know their point guard left and I was coming in as the point guard,” said Francis.
She looks to replace former Bonnie and current Oakland guard Jalisha Terry.
The 5’7 guard comes from Queens, New York where she played for Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers. While at Murry Bergtraum she averaged 15 points, six rebounds and two assists per game. She also earned the Rose Classic Academic Award and was a Rose Classic All-Star selection. She had the best free throw shooting percentage in PSAL play and was named “She Got Game” Most Valuable Player.
Former Bonaventure players CeCe Dixon, Doris Ortega, and Armelia Horton also went to Murry Bergtraum. Francis looks to continue the long tradition of Bonaventure players hailing from Bergtraum.
She looks to bring a pass first mentality to Bonnies this year.
“I’m the point guard so I pass first, and I see everything on the floor,” said Francis.
Francis admits the transition from high school to college has been difficult, but it is something she tries to get better at every day.
“It’s been a rough transition, it’s been a lot to remember with all the plays, but I just have to get used to it,” said Francis.
Through this adjustment period she has already taken advice from upperclassmen.
“Be on time, and to take things more seriously,” said Francis.
With the help of her upperclassman Francis is also learning how to be a leader.
“Learning how to be a leader because I’m the point guard. I’m calling all the plays and making sure everyone is in the right spot, so everything runs through me,” said Francis.
As she learns to be a leader Francis has big goals for the Bonnies and herself this season.
“Hopefully we can go as far as we can. It’s my freshman year, so I don’t know what to expect. For myself I hope to make a name for myself in the A-10 and at St. Bonaventure,” said Francis.
Francis gets a chance to make a name for herself as the Bonnies play the University of Georgia Friday night.
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