ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure University women's basketball head coach Jesse Fleming has announced the signing of Deja Francis, a 5-foot-7 guard from Queens, N.Y., to a National Letter of Intent to join the program beginning with the 2018-19 season.
"We are very excited to welcome Deja to the Bona family," Fleming said.
Francis plays for the storied Murry Bergtraum program where she has averaged 15 points and six rebounds per game. As a junior, she was named an All-New York City Honorable Mention and earned selection as a Rose Classic All-Star after playing in the tournament that has attracted some of the nation's top talent that has gone on to success in college, overseas and the WNBA. She also starred in the She Got Game Classic, picking up MVP honors.
Also a standout in the classroom, she received the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Academic Award at the league championship game.
"Deja is a great two-way player who competes with no fear. She can play both the 1 and the 2," Fleming assessed. "She can score it, but also does a great job creating for her teammates and she's a tenacious defender."
Francis joins forward Carrie Jornlin, who signed an NLI last week, in the Bonnies Class of 2022.
"Both Carrie and Deja embody everything we value in our program," Fleming said. "They are tough, strong in the classroom and they love the game. On the court, they are perfect fits for how we want to play."
The Bonnies have had great success in recruiting guards from the New York area – Armelia Horton (2008-12) was also a product of Murry Bergtraum and was a key figure in the Bonnies' Sweet 16 team in 2011-12, finishing her career ranked 25th in all-time Bonnies points (901). Harlem, N.Y. product Priscilla Edwards (2004-09) was also one of the program's all-time greats, ranking fifth in assists (354).
"We have a tradition of tough New York City area guards propelling us to success," Fleming said. "We think Deja has a chance to continue that legacy."
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