Marquette coach Terri Mitchell learned to appreciate the multiple skills of UConn guard Kelly Faris when she coached her on USA Basketball’s U18 team in 2008. Mitchell was an assistant on that team.
“My all-time favorite,” Mitchell called her Saturday. “She is the glue. I think you need someone like Kelly Faris to win a national championship. She will do whatever is asked of her. She left an incredible impression on me when I coached her.
“She has a high basketball IQ. She is going to dive on every loose ball. She is not concerned about statistics. She is only concerned about what she needs to do to help her team be successful. You see her defending posts, passing out assists, hitting threes. She’s a total package.
“Other players may get more limelight, but there Kelly is, Miss Consistent. I am in her fan club.”
Mitchell says she sees a future coach in Faris.
“Oh, definitely,” Mitchell said. “I don’t know what she will eventually choose to do. But she has the ingredients. She gets it. She’s calm and steady. If was her teammate and needed confidence, I would just look at her. I would know everything is OK when I did.”