July 19, 2012
The University of Michigan women's basketball team will usher in a new era in 2012-13 as Kim Barnes Arico takes over as the ninth head coach in program history. The entire team is now on campus for summer classes, and MGoBlue.com caught up with freshman Madison Ristovski, the 2012 Michigan Miss Basketball, who sat down to talk about being on campus, her expectations for the season, and how she has always wanted to play at Michigan.
On the advantage of being here for summer classes ... "The best thing about being here in the summer is that it is an easier transition from high school to college. The workload, with both school and basketball, is bigger than high school. Being here right now, it helps me manage my time better. I am learning how to manage it with two classes and basketball so that when school actually starts in the fall, it will be easier."
On her goals for the upcoming season ... "My goal for myself is to get in the best shape that I possibly can during the offseason so that when the season starts, hopefully, I can be a contributor to the team. I want to play; who doesn't? I want to make sure that I am working hard enough in the offseason to help the team when the season comes around."
On the biggest adjustment from high school to college basketball ... "The speed of the game changes a lot from high school to college. High school basketball goes at a quick pace, but college basketball is a whole new speed. It is extremely fast, and I know that is going to be the biggest adjustment for me. I am working on getting my foot speed up right now."
On the advantage of having a five-member senior class ... "I look up to the seniors a lot. They have been here for four years and have worked their butts off to get where they are. They have helped me a lot by making sure I am always on time and pushing me during practice if I am getting tired. I really admire them."
On her decision to come to the University of Michigan ... "The first basketball camp that I ever went to was at Michigan. Since I was 10, I have loved the school. Growing up, I always came to camps and thought about how cool it would be to come here. I only live about 45 minutes from here and family is the No. 1 thing to me. I wanted to go somewhere big but stay close to home."
On the construction at Crisler Center ... "I can't wait to see Crisler when it is finished. I remember the first time I walked in there and thought how big it was. Now, it is going to be even more unbelievable because I get to play on it. I know the first time we have a game, my heart is going to beating pretty fast!"
Madison Ristovski is a 5-foot-10 freshman guard from Sterling Heights, Mich., where she went to University Liggett High School. Ristovski was honored as Michigan Miss Basketball following her senior season, and she joins senior Jenny Ryan as current Wolverines to win the award. Ristovski also was named to the 2012 Parade All-America Girls Basketball team and the ESPNHS Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year for Michigan. As a senior, she led University Liggett to the state finals and averaged 26 points and six rebounds throughout the season.
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