July 31, 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 talked with Cyesha Goree, who chatted about her rehab, what she learned from her freshman year and her nickname "Bird."
On her goals for the upcoming season ... "I hope to play more than I did last year. I learned a lot last year, like to always work hard and never give up, no matter how hard it seemed."
On her freshman year overall ... "It was fun. I enjoyed it. It was a little rough to start off, but I am pretty sure that every freshman has that feeling. It got easier as the year went on and I learned how to handle different things."
On her knee rehab ... "My rehab has been great so far. I am actually a little ahead of schedule in the program and working hard to get back on time."
On how she can help the freshman class ... "I can give them a heads up on what is to come and what they can expect as they make the transition from high school to college. I can help guide them through their tough times.
On the construction at Crisler Center ... "I am excited about it. They are always adding new things to the arena. We become the first ones to see it when it is done, which is fun. It is going to be really nice when all the construction is done. I think the fans are going to like it too."
On her decision to come to Michigan ... "I have been a Michigan fan my whole life. Growing up in Grand Rapids, I grew up watching Michigan football. I got recruited at a young age by Michigan and came to a lot of games. It was an easy decision for me."
On the new coaching staff ... "With the new coaching staff, it has been a really good transition. We communicate with them a lot, and we welcomed them here with open arms. The summer has been good for everyone. I am really excited for the season."
On her nickname "Bird" ... When I was little, my head was bigger than my body so everyone called me Tweety Bird. I finally grew, so my mom started calling me "Big Bird." That turned into just Bird and now some people call me Birdie. It all builds off Tweety Bird from when I was a kid."
Sophomore forward Cyesha Goree earned her first varsity letter in 2011-12 after appearing in three games last season. Goree made her collegiate debut against Florida Atlantic, scoring two points with two rebounds and a steal. At Wyoming Park High School (2009-11), she was a two-time all-state honoree, while earning an honorable mention selection at Rogers High School (2007-09). She suffered a knee injury during practice in March and is currently rehabbing in preparation for the 2012-13 campaign.