Kelly Faris

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Kelly Faris
Kelly Faris UConn.jpg
Kelly Faris
College Connecticut
Conference Big East
Sport Basketball
Position Guard
Jersey # 34
Class Senior
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg)
Nationality American
Born (1991-01-16) January 16, 1991 (age 23)
Plainfield, Indiana
High school Heritage Christian School, Indianapolis
Awards
McDonald's All-America
Championships
2010 NCAA Championship
2013 NCAA Championship

Kelly Elizabeth Faris (born January 16, 1991) is an American basketball player who played guard for the UConn women's basketball team, the 2010 and 2013 NCAA National Champions. She was on a post-season championship team for five consecutive seasons, including four consecutive high school state championships and one NCAA championship.[1]

Early life[edit]

Faris grew up in Plainfield, Indiana, a town near Indianapolis, to Connie and Bob Faris.[2] She played on the Indiana's Finest AAU team which won the National Championship in 2003 for the 11U division (players age 11 and under).[3]

High school[edit]

Faris attended Heritage Christian high school in Indianapolis. She helped lead the high school to four consecutive Class 2A state championships.[4] This accomplishment earned the team a congratulatory resolution from the General Assembly of the State of Indiana.[5] Faris was named to the all-state first team in 2007, 2008, and 2009.[6] Over her four-year career, the team amassed a record of 108–8.[7] The team was 12–12 in the season before Faris arrived at Heritage Christian.[8] In addition to basketball, she also participated in volleyball and track, lettering in both sports,[2] and earning all-state honors in volleyball for both 2007 and 2008.[6] She also won national honors in 2007, being named to the 2007 AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships All-American team.[9] She was also an excellent student, earning High Academic Honors as a senior, and being a member of National Honors Society.[10]

As a junior, Faris achieved a quadruple-double. Playing against the Harding High School Hawks on 24 November 2007, Faris scored 14 points, had 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.[11]

Faris was selected as a McDonald's All-American.[12] She participated in the McDonald's All-Star game with four points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots while playing for the East Team in the 2009 game.[6]

USA Basketball[edit]

Faris was selected to play in the USA Women's Youth Development Festival. Eligible players are female basketball players who are in their sophomore or junior in high school. The 2007 event took place at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.[13]

Faris was a member of the USA Women's U18 team which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event was held in July 2008, when the USA team defeated host Argentina to win the championship.[14] Faris helped the team win all five games, assisting on 17 baskets, only one fewer than the team high 18.[15]

Faris continued on to the USA Women's U19 team which represented the USA in the 2009 U19 World's Championship, held in Bangkok, Thailand in July and August 2009.[16] Although the USA team lost the opening game to Spain, they went on to win their next seven games to earn a rematch against Spain in the finals, and won the game 81–71 to earn the gold medal.[17] Faris was the high scorer with 13 points in the game against Mali.[18]

College[edit]

Kelly Faris with National Championship trophy, returning to the team hotel after winning the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship

Faris played for the University of Connecticut Huskies. She wore number 34, a number worn by her siblings.[6] She joined the team for the 2009-10 season, the only true freshman on a squad that had won the 2009 National Championship without losing a single game. She averaged almost 19 minutes per game and played in every game, despite suffering a broken nose in a December practice.[19] She wore a protective mask and continued to play. Although she didn't start, she played key reserve minutes, including 25 minutes in the National Championship game.[20]

On March 2, 2013, Faris became only the second player in Connecticut basketball history to record more than 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 500 assists and 250 steals; the other player to reach this milestone was Maya Moore.[21] Faris's Huskies won her second national championship at the end of that season. Faris was named to the 2103 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team.[22]

Faris was named the Big East Defensive player of the year, and shared honors for the Big East most improved player of the year.[23]

Professional[edit]

Faris was selected 11th overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun.[24]

From September 2013 she will play for EuroLeague Women team UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron in Hungary.[25]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2003—AAU Basketball National Championship 11U[3]
  • 2007—AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships All-American team.[9]
  • 2007—First Team, All-State (Indiana 2A)[6]
  • 2008—First Team, All-State (Indiana 2A)[6]
  • 2008—MVP State Tournament (Indiana 2A)[6]
  • 2009—First Team, All-State (Indiana 2A)[6]
  • 2009—McDonald's All-America[6]
  • 2009—Parade Magazine All-America first team[6]
  • 2009—USA Today All-USA second team honors[6]
  • 2013—Big East Defensive Player of the Year.[23]
  • 2013—Big East Most Improved Player of the Year.[23]
  • 2013—NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team.[22]

University of Connecticut statistics[edit]

Kelly Faris Statistics[26] at University of Connecticut
Year G FG FGA PCT 3FG 3FGA PCT FT FTA PCT REB AVG A TO B S MIN PTS AVG
2009–10 39 55 144 .382 17 63 .270 31 40 .775 143 3.7 82 44 13 48 738 158 4.1
2010–11 38 102 240 .425 30 97 .309 62 82 .756 256 6.7 142 86 22 70 1263 296 7.8
2011–12 38 85 194 .438 23 73 .315 63 80 .788 199 5.2 165 78 21 80 1097 256 6.7
Totals 115 242 578 .419 70 233 .300 156 202 .772 598 5.2 389 208 56 198 3098 710 6.1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newell, Nat (April 9, 2010). "UConn super sub keeps on winning". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Kelly Faris". University of Connecticut. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "2003 Summer Basketball". NSR Web Publishing. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ Leigh, Kristen (March 19, 2009). "Area players lead champions". Indy.com. Retrieved May 1, 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION". State of Indiana. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Kelly Faris". USA Basketball. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kelly Faris, HCS ’09, Loves to Collect Rings". Heritage Christian School. Retrieved May 1, 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Going for Championship No. 5". Region Roundball Review. April 5, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Richards, Bob (July 31, 2007). "Women's Recruiting Update: Faris and Moses honored". OldGoldFreePress.com. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ "HS_Q1_HighAcademicHonors". Heritage Christian School. Retrieved May 2, 2010. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Boxscore". CBS MaxPreps, Inc. November 24, 2007. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  12. ^ Elliot, Rich (February 19, 2009). "Big-Time Kelly Faris". Connecticut Post. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  13. ^ "SA WOMEN'S YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FESTIVAL -- 2007". USA Basketball. Retrieved 10 Oct 2013. 
  14. ^ "USA Women's U18 National Team Rolls Through FIBA Americas Championship Undefeated With 81-37 Victory Over Host Argentina". USA Basketball. July 27, 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  15. ^ "United States". USA Basketball. July 27, 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  16. ^ "U19 World's Championship for women Thailand". FIBA. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  17. ^ "USA U19 Women Golden With 87-71 Victory Over Spain". USA Basketball. August 2, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Official Basketball Box Score". USA Basketball. July 25, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  19. ^ Hays, Graham (March 4, 2010). "Don't be fooled by Faris' poker face". ESPN. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Boxscore". ESPN. April 6, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  21. ^ Altavilla, John (2013-03-02). "Kelly Faris, This Is Your Milestone". Hartford Courant (Tribune Company). Retrieved 3 Mar 2013. 
  22. ^ a b Elliott, Rich (April 10, 2013). "2013 Final Four All-Tournament Team". CTPost (Hearst Communications Inc.). Retrieved 17 Apr 2013. 
  23. ^ a b c "BIG EAST Women's Basketball Regular Season Awards Announced". BIG EAST Athletics. 3/7/2013. Retrieved 17 Apr 2013. 
  24. ^ "Griner, Delle Donne, Diggins go 1-2-3". espn.go.com. April 16, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  25. ^ All Change In Sopron. fibaeurope.com. May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  26. ^ "UCONN Season Statistics". University of Connecticut. Retrieved April 11, 2010.