Aug. 28, 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 guard Symone Denham, who tells about her knee rehab, learning time management and the coaching transition.
On how summer has gone ... "It has been progressive for me. I think my knee got a lot stronger since coming here in July. I have just been focused on working on that." (Denham suffered a knee injury in February during a high school basketball game)
On the advantages of coming to campus for summer school as a freshman ... "We (the freshmen) know campus. We know the bus system, where everything is and how to get around. It taught us how to be independent on campus and get used to being on our own. Coming here early was extremely helpful."
On the biggest thing she learned this summer ... "To manage my time properly. That was huge. It was very different than anything I have ever done before. The first couple of weeks, I was late to everything. Once you get used to it and know what you are doing, it gets easier. You have to be on time."
On her summer goal ... "Basketball was kind of the last thing I was worried about this summer. I can't play until my knee gets better, so rehab has been important for me. I was focused on getting back as effectively as possible."
On the construction at Crisler ... "I am very excited to see it. It looks really nice from the outside, so I can only imagine what it will look like on the inside."
On her decision to attend the University of Michigan ... "It was a home away from home. It is just far enough way so that I am not at home, but close enough to still feel like home."
On the coaching transition ... "It has been really good. It was a little tough because the majority of the time we were here taking classes, they were out on the road recruiting. Being around them more in August, it has been really good. They are pretty cool."
On what this team can accomplish ... "I think this team can do all kinds of things. I think we can achieve anything, honestly. It will depend on how healthy we stay and what type of playing style our coaches want. If we continue to work as hard as we have this summer, we can do a lot."
On the five-member senior class ... "They have been great. It gives me someone to look up to. They are all positive role models, who all work really hard."
Freshman guard Symone Denham is one of four freshmen on Michigan's 2012-13 roster, hailing from Columbus, Ohio. Denham attended the same high school as Michigan basketball men's sophomore Trey Burke (Northland). Despite missing the end of her senior season with a knee injury, Denham was a third-team All-Ohio selection after averaging 14.3 points per game. A two-sport athlete, Denham also competed in tennis during high school and was her class president during the 2009-10 academic year.
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