BRADENTON -- DeAngela Mathis has always been a meticulous person on and off the basketball court.
Keeping with that demeanor, the two-time Bradenton Herald Girls Basketball Player of The Year has verbally committed to Florida State College at Jacksonville, one of the top junior college programs in the country.
She said she plans to sign April 8.
Mathis said she had offers from NCAA Division I schools Robert Morris (Pittsburgh) and Liberty University (Virginia), but has a desire is to play at higher level and felt this was the best way reach that goal.
“I have Division I offers, but I don’t feel I have the looks that I wanted. I would like to go to higher level. I would like to go to USF and feel this is the best way to do it,” the 5-foot-10 guard/forward said.
Mathis was named Class 5A Player of The Year last season after helping Southeast win the 5A state championship with a 31-1 record.
She averaged 14.9 points and 6.7 rebounds along with 3.1 steals and 2.9 assists per game and finished with 473 points. She ended her career with 1,615 points averaging 16 ppg as a junior and 19 ppg her sophomore year.
“There is room for improvement. Don’t get me wrong. But I feel that I have everything skill-wise to play at the next level,” Mathis said. “Every athlete has dreams of playing at a Division I school but sometimes you have to slow down and look at it realistically. You have to know your potential. I don’t feel I have reached that.”
FSC finished last season ranked 13th in the national junior college poll with a 24-7 record and won its second straight Mid–Florida Conference title. It set the women’s state tournament single-game record with 124 points against Indian River.