Though no events or games are taking place this fall on campus, St. Bonaventure student-athletes still have great stories to tell. During the fall semester, GoBonnies.com will feature members from each of our 17 Division I teams – how they're adjusting to the new norms of campus life, preparing for the upcoming seasons and more.
In this edition, we feature women's basketball junior Deja Francis.
Francis has been a staple in the Bonnies lineup since coming to campus in 2018-19, playing in 60 career games and making 41 career starts. As a freshman, Francis led the Bonnies with 104 assists which was the most by a St. Bonaventure freshman in over 20 years. She also earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team after averaging 9.4 points and 3.5 assists per game.
As a sophomore in 2019-20, the 5-7 guard averaged 9.4 points and 2.5 assists per contest. Francis returned to the Bonnies starting lineup last season on Jan. 30 and averaged 13.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists over those final 10 games of the season.
Francis is studying journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure.
Why did you choose St. Bonaventure?
I chose St. Bonaventure because of the family atmosphere in the community as well as the connections after graduating.
Who do you look up to on the team, staff or in life in general?
In life I look up to my sister, Rachel, who has worked harder than anyone and has done her best to put herself in the best positions to be successful, help out family and just live her best life.
Do you have any advice for the underclassmen?
I would tell them just to come in every day and remain positive, be confident, don't get in your own head and don't take anything said too personal.
What is the biggest difference in the new way of life on campus this fall?
The hardest part is remembering to wear a mask. Sometimes I have to turn back to go grab it because I forgot it.
Did you take part in any new activities this summer?
I learned how to juggle and just spent time with my parents playing games and learning how to cook.
What is one goal you are trying to accomplish this year?
Accepting the role of a leader on the team and being the head of the snake, running a really good team.
What keeps you motivated?
My parents. They are what motivates me through everything. I have to be successful and make them proud.
What do you think about this year's team?
I think this year's team is very talented. We are still learning to play together as a team but we will get there.
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