Jacksonville Daily Progress
One is heading back to her home state of Pennsylvania, the other will remain in Texas, her native state. Jacksonville College sophomores and womens basketball standouts Deva'Nyar Workman of Reading, Pa. and Yvonne Maosa, from Mansfield, Texas have both decided to continue their respective promising basketball careers at NCAA, Division I institutions.
Workman has committed to Duquesne University, an Atlantic 10 Conference member that is located in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Maosa opted to stay in state, pledging to University of Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, after being heavily recruited by Southern University-New Orleans as well.
Workman said that there were several factors that led her to choose Duquesne, after also giving a lot of consideration to Temple University in Philadelphia.
“Duquesne is a lot closer to home for me (than playing in Texas),” Workman said. “I got a real good vibe from the coaches there and I could tell that they really wanted me there and I got along with the team well.
“I have a son also and they were very open to that and willing to help me out with him and let me bring him to the school.”
Duquesne, who finished 20-13 last season and advanced to the second round of the Womens National Invitational Tournament where they were stopped by Michigan, lose three guards off of last year's club, with the Region XIV Player of the Year possibly poised to take over one of those vacancies on the Dukes' team.
“Duquesne is looking at me as a shooting guard and that's a position I'm excited about and I feel I can step in there and fill a void,” Workman said.
Workman averaged 17.4 points and 8.5 rebounds a game for the Lady Jags.
She shot over 37-percent from beyond the arc and 53.1-percent from the field.
Maosa said that academics played a leading role in her decision.
“Academics came first with me and both Southern in New Orleans and Incarnate Word have good academic programs,” Maosa stated. “I just felt more comfortable at the University of Incarnate Word.”
UIW just completed its first season in Division I, after transitioning form the Division II level.
A member of the Southland Conference, UIW posted a record of 8-19 last season.
The Katie Henderson-coached Cardinals lose six seniors off of last year's club, including two post players, so there seems to be plenty of opportunity for Maosa to rack up a great deal of minutes right out of the gate.
“I think they will play me some as forward and some as post,” Maosa said. “I'm excited and looking forward to getting down there.”
Maosa averaged 13.9 points and 8.2 boards a night for JC last season — both numbers were second highest on the Lady Jag squad.
When asked what was the most valuable thing that she took away from her two seasons as a Lady Jag, Maosa offered up these thoughts.
“I learned the value of hard work, even in practice,” she said. “If you put the hard work it, it will pay off in the end.”