Aug. 14, 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 freshman forward Kelsey Mitchell talks about coming to Ann Arbor for summer school, how college basketball is different from high school basketball and her number choice.
On the summer ... "My summer here has been great. It definitely is a learning experience. You learn a lot about time management, with both basketball and academics. I really have to manage my time more than I had to in high school. Workouts have been good and just being able to get a little ahead of everyone else is nice."
On the advantages of attending summer school ... "You get accustomed to the campus before most other freshmen. You know your way around when others might get lost. It has just been nice being here to get a feel for everything before school actually starts."
On the biggest adjustment from high school to college basketball ... "The speed of the game is so much faster than it is in high school. Everyone is so much stronger too. It just takes a little bit of time to get used to both of those."
On what she is working on this summer ... "I am working on my shot and ball-handling. Those are my main focuses. I also want to be in the best shape that I can be in going into the season."
On what this team is capable of ... "I think we could win a Big Ten championship. Everyone works hard, and I think that is something we could do. We are all excited about the season."
On the five-member senior class ... "They have helped us freshmen a lot. They help get us to class. They give us rides when we need them. They have been here and done it before. They are really good role models for us as we get used to being here."
On her decision to attend Michigan ... "I chose Michigan because it felt like home when I came for a visit. They have great facilities and the academics are great. It was exactly what I was looking for when I was making my decision."
On the coaching transition ... "It has been good. I like Coach Arico a lot. She knows how to win and is bringing that to us. I really think she can take this team and program really far."
On wearing No. 3 ... "I really wanted No. 32 (worn by freshman forward Rebecca Lyttle), which had been my number my whole life. Since it was already taken, I had to make a change. So I just took the two off and chose No. 3."
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell is part of a four-member freshman class for the upcoming season. She was a finalist for Michigan Miss Basketball, an award that went to fellow freshman Madison Ristovski. Mitchell was named the No. 2 senior in the state of Michigan by the Michigan Girls Basketball Report. She graduated as Inkster High School's all-time leading scorer and rebounder after averaging 17.3 points and 14.1 rebounds per game as a senior. Mitchell earned Class A all-state honors as a senior, leading Inkster to the state semifinals. As a junior, Mitchell averaged 17.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per contest as Inkster won the Class A state championship in 2011.
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