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Confidence grows for Division I bound Jovanovic

Una Jovanovic goes up for a layup against Menlo School. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Una Jovanovic goes up for a layup against Menlo School. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Pinewood senior guard Una Jovanovic was building towards this moment right now. 

When she started playing competitively in eighth grade, she saw there was something special in store for her basketball career. It was an impressive middle school season, highlighting what was to come.

Now, Jovanovic – a Division I bound player who is committed to Cal State Fullerton – has seen that confidence grow ever since then.

“It’s something that I’ve been building up over my high school career,” Jovanovic said. “I think this year I have the most I’ve ever had, so that’s something I’m proud of.”

As a freshman, Jovanovic received some playing time at the varsity level, posting 1.8 points per game on a squad that made a deep run to the CCS and state championship games.

The next two years were filled with more trips to the CCS title game – including one more state championship trip – as Jovanovic’s role increased each year.

She averaged 6.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a sophomore, followed by a double-digit scoring season as a junior, when she scored 11.0 points per game in addition to 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

This year, though, it is even better. On the Bay Area’s No. 2 team, which boasts a 6-0 record, Jovanovic is the team’s leading scorer at 14.0 points on an efficient 47% shooting. 

Each of the past three outings featured Jovanovic reaching at least 17 points, including consecutive 21-point efforts versus Priory and Half Moon Bay. 

“Just belief in myself and the work I put in, just believing that I’m good enough to compete here and excel,” Jovanovic said. “Just mainly confidence through preparation and believing in self worth.”

Jovanovic said she is focusing on everything when she trains.

“I would say my handle kind of seeps into other things,” Jovanovic said. “Being aggressive, being able to finish with contact and then also being aggressive shooting. A little bit of everything.”

In a few months, Jovanovic will head to Cal State Fullerton.

Jovanovic loves the coaching staff, led by Jeff Harada, who guided the Titans to their best season ever in 2019-20 with a 17-14 record.


“I really had a good relationship with the coaches there, and I thought it would just be a great opportunity to compete at the highest level – DI and in the Big West Tournament,” Jovanovic said.

Before collegiate basketball begins, though, Jovanovic wants to accomplish something she and her fellow senior class have never experienced at Pinewood.

“For the team, I would say the expectation is to win a CCS title. We haven’t won one since I’ve been here, so that would be great. For myself, just continuing to believe in myself and being aggressive and having fun.”

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