Getting to Know U: Sophomore Kelsey Rees
Utah's Kelsey Rees returns for her second season with the Utes. Last season, she appeared in 20 games. Rees scored a career-high 10 points at Washington State on Feb. 21, 2021. During that contest, she added six rebounds and a block shot. After her freshman season, Rees was a member of the Australia U19 team who took home a silver medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup. Against Egypt, Reese was outstanding on the offensive glass as she grabbed ten offensive rebounds.
Rees recently caught up with UtahUtes.com to chat about why she is looking forward to this season, what made her fall in love with the game, and what her dream job is after graduation.
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Q: When did you start playing basketball? Who was your favorite player growing up?
A: I was always surrounded by the basketball community as my parents played, but I do not think I started playing with a team until about 9. Growing up, I looked up to my parents and loved watching Lauren Jackson. Rachael Sporn was also one of my favorite players, and I was lucky enough to have her as a mentor.
Q: What about the sport of basketball made you fall in love with it?
A: The family side of it! I loved being part of a team and how competitive basketball is!
Q: What about the University of Utah made you want to continue your career here?
A: I just loved the feeling I got from the coaches, players, and staff during my visit. I wanted to go to a school in a good conference, and somewhere I am able to develop my basketball skills. I also wanted somewhere I felt comfortable. I felt that Utah was that place.
Q: What has been your favorite part about playing basketball at Utah so Far?
A: Just the overall experience, getting to be surrounded by and compete with a great group of people and getting to play in the Pac 12.
Q: Who in your life has been the most influential in getting you where you are today?
A: My family! I would not be where I am without my family's constant support and commitment, particularly from my parents and siblings.
Q: What is your dream job and why?
A: Growing up, my dream job was always to go professional in basketball. Both my parents played professionally, and it is something that I knew I wanted to do from a young age. Outside of that, I want to work in the medical field and help people like my Nan did.
Q: What was it like growing up in your hometown? Any specific memories that stand out?
A: Growing up, I moved around a lot, living in Brisbane (Queensland), Penguin (Tasmania), and Adelaide (South Australia) before moving to Canberra to follow basketball in 2018. Growing up in Glenelg, I was lucky. I lived right across the road from the beach, so I would spend all my free time there. If I wasn't at the beach, I would be playing basketball in the yard, on a bike ride with my family, playing backyard cricket with my siblings, or inside reading a book.
Q: What is your favorite basketball moment growing and why?
A: It is very recent but coming second in the FIBA U19 World Cup this year with team Australia! It was my goal for a long time to make that team, and while the preparation due to COVID was not ideal, it was still an amazing tournament. We had a fantastic group, and to come second in the world is something to be proud of!
Q: What is something people might not know about you?
A: I have an older sister, Darcy, who plays for Washington! Last year we went 1-1 against them, so this year is the ultimate decider!
Q: What are you most looking forward to this season?
A: I am just looking forward to playing in front of people again and competing against others! We have an exciting team, so I cannot wait.
Q: What is it like playing in the Jon M. Huntsman Center?
A: I don't think I have had the full experience of it yet as we did not get fans last year! Still, it is pretty cool with the tunnel and the vastness of the arena.
Q: What is your favorite moment as a Ute?
A: Beating Oregon State on the road last year! It was an excellent game, and the energy in the huddle afterward was pretty amazing!
Q: How appreciative are you for our fans?
A: Very! They do so much for us, and we would not be able to play like we do without them!
Q: If you could tell our fans one thing, what would it be?
A: See you in the Huntsman!
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