Francis joins the family atmosphere at Westleyan University of Oklahoma | Sports
Jasmine Francis, after four years playing with the Comanche Lady Indians basketball family, decided to join the Oklahoma Wesleyan University family to continue her basketball days.
Francis played for coach Megan Robbins in his senior year, for coach Aaron Weast in previous years and played his first season with coach Sean Hushbeck.
Her junior season saw the Lady Indians make the State Tournament and her first season saw the State Tournament as well and made it to the State Semifinals.
After a visit to the Oklahoma Wesleyan campus, Francis believed this was the right fit for her and is excited to join the team this fall on campus.
“It was honestly a tough decision and from all colleges, I felt like God was leading me to Oklahoma Wesleyan,” Francis said. “When I went there for the visit, they treated me like I was home and not to mention that my brother was going there too, so I will have family there. I have the impression that it is better to be in a family atmosphere because it is easier to interact with people.
Robbins, who coached the Lady Indians, said it was a goal for Francis to play college basketball. Robbins is happy to have reached the goal of playing Oklahoma Wesleyan.
“I am so happy for Jasmine. I know playing college basketball has been one of his goals for a long time, ”said Robbins. “She worked hard and I’m glad she got this opportunity. Oklahoma Wesleyan is not only becoming a great player, but also a great person. “
Oklahoma Wesleyan is a private university located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and is part of the Kansas Colligate Athletic Conference at the NAIA.
The Eagles are led by coach Grace Hadley. Francis said being with other Christian athletes also helped her make the decision.
“I don’t have to be shy to talk about God and neither do they have to be shy to talk about God,” Francis said. “When we play, it’s not just for our coaches or our teammates, it’s also for God and you better have another version of you.
During her four years with Comanche, Francis had many supporters at school and in the community, and when she signed on to play at Oklahoma Wesleyan, a lot of people were there to celebrate.
“Comanche taught me so much and it all started with my fifth year when I first picked up the ball and wasn’t in the squad so I used that as a chip on my shoulder, ”Francis said. “The last few years have been the best and last year we had a phenomenal season, but unfortunately COVID won out. This season we’ve had a pretty good season and it didn’t end the way I wanted it to, but I was happy to be able to play all the games we’ve had.
Her parents, coaches, teammates were among the people she thanked for helping her along the way.
“It’s amazing for all of my friends, teammates and coaches to come and see that I’ve accomplished something because they’ve been here since the start of this trip,” said Francis. “I will always be there to help and support them as they have supported me. First of all, I want to thank God because without him I could not practice this sport. I like to thank my AAU coaches in high school and then I really thank my parents for never giving up on me and being my best friends. Also, to my teammates to be able to push me to training and then I would also push them to be the best they can be.
Francis is excited to move on to the next part of his journey.