UTEP Head Coach Kevin Baker announced the addition of 6’2” junior forward Mayria “Masha” Vasileuka from the University of San Francisco to his 2020 class of recruits Wednesday morning.
“(Vasilevko) is a very talented player and was one of the top junior college players in the country,” Baker said. “She has been unlucky at San Francisco because she tore her ACL, but she is now healthy and ready to go. We are very fortunate to have Masha join our team. She will be a terrific Miner.”
Vasilevko has not played a minute for the Dons since her arrival to San Francisco, CA, in 2019. However, Vasilevko will be more familiar with her surroundings in El Paso having played two years with the Lady Coyotes of Weatherford College located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The Grodno, Belarus, native will not be able to compete until Fall 2021 pending NCAA transfer regulations.
WEATHERFORD (TEXAS) COLLEGE
Before transferring to USF, Vasilevko was named a National Junior College Athletics Association Third Team All-American her sophomore season (2017-18) after averaging 18.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. That year Weatherford College made an appearance in the NJCAA Region V Semifinals with a 20-9 record.
Vasilekvo will be a splendid addition to Baker’s rotation of lights out shooters. In 2017-18, Vasilevko recorded 12 20-point contests (career-high 31 at Blinn College on Nov. 18, 2017) at a 49.1 percent clip from the floor and 44 percent from 3-point-land with 66 3s.
In her freshman season as a Lady Coyote, Vasilevko poured in 13.3 ppg, 6.5 rbg and 1.2 apg. She improved on her shooting percentages both from the field and from beyond-the-arc by more than 10 percent and five percent, respectively, from her freshman to sophomore campaigns.
NATIONAL EXPERIENCE (BELARUS)
Vasilevko has represented Belarus in several FIBA events. During the 2018 U20 FIBA European Championships, Vasilevko averaged 13.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg. In the 2017 FIBA U18 European Championships, Vasilevko averaged 13.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 2.0 apg.
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