Terri Mitchell A Big Fan Of Kelly Faris

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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.”

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19 thoughts on “Terri Mitchell A Big Fan Of Kelly Faris

  1. UConn Clinic

    Auriemma proved to his assistants on the Altavilla blog and Boneyard that UConn’s second team is not a top 10 team, as some boldly predicted. UConn scored 3 pts in the last 9:44 of the game against Marquette. Great first 30 minutes. Anyone think Doty’ forearm to the face or neck was a cheap shot? Why was it up that high? UConn could use Stewart against Louisville.

    1. PALIMPSEST[

      Kelly Faris is EVERY coaches choice. She is the total Basketball IQ package and drive to be better. What is not like in that Woman??

      1. Bud Revet

        Right on: Kelly has been a very important part of the UCONN program since she got there as a freshman. Like Maya before her, she a work of art!

    2. Baylor 9-1 FKA "Baylor 80-0"

      That forearm was to counteract hard and sharp bow to the rib’s.

  2. Jimmy Butler

    UConn: 17 PF, 11 FTA, 21 3PT-A, W.
    Marqu: 14 PF, 20 FTA, 16 3PT-A, L.

  3. jim walkley

    Kelly is the total package; great defense,smart,humble,tough and never satisfied with her effort. Her teammates owe her a NCAA title this year but they aren’t as committed as they need to be

    1. Big Jim

      I appreciate Kelly Faris as much as the next person.

      However – can everyone please stop referring to her as the most under appreciated player of “possibly” all time.

      She was an All America in High School, she was selected to many age group teams for International play, etc.

      When you score as few points in big games as Kelly has these past two years, you betted be contributing in several other areas. AND – Kelly has. However, we lose all those games, if we didn’t have other players on the floor to score the basketball.

      My main point is: SHE IS NOT UNDER APPRECAITED

      1. Pat Finn

        There is more to basketball than scoring points. Why don’t you start listening to Geno and his comments on Kelly before you sound off or even learn the game of basketball.

      2. Master Mind

        I get your point. Kelly is APPRECIATED by everyone who knows women’s basketball, That’s right on.
        She would get more awards in College had she been a big time scoring threat. But she wasn’t. So the College awards are slow in coming. Those coaches that have seen Kelly play all would love to have her cloned for their teams.
        BY JOVE—Big JIM I think I’ve got it!!!

      3. mind master

        I get your point. Kelly is APPRECIATED by everyone who knows women’s basketball, That’s right on.
        She would get more awards in College had she been a big time scoring threat. But she wasn’t. So the College awards are slow in coming. Those coaches that have seen Kelly play all would love to have her cloned for their teams.
        BY JOVE—Big JIM I think I’ve got it!!!

    2. Bill Peterson

      Gotta agree with you here, the odd part is that they don’t even know that they are not committed enough,

  4. martin fallon

    Injuries give other team members more minutes. Jefferson played great defense, but missed her open looks. Banks was willing to mix it up among the trees and contribute to the hounding press. I would love to see Stokes make some strong moves to the hoop but don’t know if she has any more improv skills than Buck. The bench or the annointed “second team” could deliver more if they weren’t looking over their shoulders for anticipated criticism. If they, as individuals, were their respective high-school’s primary offensive weapons, they MUST have gone one-on-five many times. And I don’t know if they have a practice function, as a unit, or whether that’s handled by the boys? For the sake of the argument, I believe Banks, Tuck, Jefferson, Stokes and Buck could hold their own in the Big East, if they were UConn’s only unit. But as the second team, they give the Huskies great energy and help maintain the pressing defense that opens up so many points for the offense as a whole.

    1. Gimme a Break

      So in your world, Buck and Stokes read the UConn blogs before games, then play lousy because of the comments posted.

  5. Pat Finn

    Terri Mitchell is a great coach – if it wasn’t for injuries and a young team she would have given UConn a run for their money. With Tyler assisting her, her team will be a team to be feared in the future. After all, Tyler was raised by a remarkable woman who has taught him every facet of the game. Hey Tyler – maybe if Geno ever retires, you can become head coach of UConn. It would be great seeing your mom in CT. I went to every UConn/TN game since 1996 in both Knoxville and CT. Good luck to Marquette and their coaches the rest of the season.

    1. Gimme a Break

      Just because you have a PhD from Yale does not mean you are one of the best on the job

  6. Phil

    Big Jim. You were the first to use the term “under appreciated”. Looks like it is in your head, not the original article, or anyone who posted before you.

    1. Big Jim

      Phil: I’ll give you my take :)

      Terri Mitchell said “…Other players may get more limelight, but there Kelly is…” so, she implies the under appreciated tag.

      Even Geno takes credit for discovering her…for christ sakes – she was an All American. He implies that she was and is under appreciated.

      Thus – the trend for many folks quoted on here is to say “…I’m one of the few to fully apprecaite her…”

      So – that is may frame of reference.

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