UI Q&A: Kersten Magrum

KERSTEN MAGRUM

6-foot-1, Forward, Lincoln-Way East

Named a News-Gazette All-Stater last winter after averaging 17.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Chose Illinois over Nebraska. Ranked 149th nationally by Blue Star.

Tony Bleill's Comment: Possessing good athleticism and attitude, Magrum seems like the type of player who will accept whatever role the Illini need from her.

Q: Why did you pick Illinois?

A: Coach Law and her staff (are) creating an atmosphere for success. The enthusiasm that she and her staff bring to the game is gonna turn the program around, and when it happens something really special is gonna happen and I really want to be a part of it. Also, I take pride in having Illinois as my home state and want to create something special here.

Q: What did you know about the University of Illinois and its women's basketball program before the recruiting process began?

A: I didn't hear very much until Coach Law was appointed head coach. Once that happened the whole country started talking about the new program that she is creating.

Q: Who has had the biggest influence on your basketball career?

A: My whole family. They have supported me through everything. I have two great parents that have done nothing but give me oppertunities to succeed, an older sister who led the way and was a great role model, and two younger brothers who have become supportive and excited (about) my decision.

Q: Which of your basketball accomplishments bring the most pride?

A: Definitely being able to stay in my home state and play for Coach Law here in Illinois. I put a lot of hard work in and it paid off with this opportunity.

Q: Three words that describe your play on the court:

A: Versatile, tough, team.

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