Keona Favis will become the third player off the LHSAA Class 5A state champions to sign scholarship papers on Thursday when she inks with Dillard University of New Orleans.
A 5.0 student for coach Steve McDowell, Favis was the inside power for the Lady Cowboys, who cruised to the state title at Monroe’s Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The recent graduate averaged 8.5 points and 10 rebounds per contest while sharing the spotlight with Jessy Ellis and Kourtney Pennywell.
“When I went on my visit, I saw that they had a beautiful campus and everyone there seemed very dedicated to the team,” Favis said. “I can focus on my education and athletics there. I plan to major in Kinesology to become an athletic trainer.”
McDowell said Favis was one player he never had to worry about in the classroom or on the court.
“Keona was a hard worker who was willing to be coached,” he said. “She is a great student. She’ll be able to post up, play the wing or step out and shoot the three. She’s also a solid defensive player, which is why she will be a great asset to Dillard.”
Having some of her father’s family living in New Orleans, helped make the decision easier.
“Some of my cousins live just a couple of blocks from Dillard, so I’ll be able to get some home-cooking,” Favis said.