WBB: U-Mary welcomed Jossart back to Bismarck

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A couple of seasons ago, Jordyn Jossart had the opportunity to play Division I basketball and she took it. However, she found out the grass was not as green on the other side. 

After two state titles at Century, Jordyn Jossart left for the city that never sleeps.

“I was happy in New York,” Jossart said, “but I wasn’t as happy as I wanted to be in college.”

In 2015 — before her freshman season started — she tore her ACL. Then a month later had shoulder surgery.

“It makes you appreciate the game a lot more,” Jossart said. “That was a big thing for me. I fell back in love with basketball.”

While her love grew, her playing time shrunk.

“Last season,” Jossart said, “I played maybe two minutes a game at Marist.”

So after the season, she called U-Mary coach Rick Neumann, who recruited her out of high school.

“She talked to her coach and got her release,” Neumann said. “There compliance [office] got a hold of our compliance [office]. From there, we just reopened her recruiting.”

Now Jordyn is at U-Mary, where she comes off the bench and averages just over 14 minutes a game.

“She’s only a sophomore,” Jossart said. “So she fits in well with all those sophomores and freshman we play right now.”

And Jordyn is happy.

“I play in front of my family all the time,” Jossart said, “that’s been really fun for me. I get to play with girls I knew in high school.”

Coming back to U-Mary allowed Jordyn to become friends with ladies she competed hard against in high school.

“It’s a lot more fun being on the same team as Gabby  [Bohl], Cassie [Askvig] and Lauren [Rotunda],” Jossart said. “then playing against them.”

Jordyn and the Marauders play their final home games of the season on Friday and Saturday.

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