Q-and-A With Kelsey Cermak

Nov. 20, 2008

If you could compete on any reality or game show, which would it be?
“The Price is Right. That’s one of the first things I want to do when I get done playing is go to that show. I really want to spin the big wheel!”

The Price is Right is one of your favorite TV shows… what are your favorite games to watch on the show?
“My favorite games are Cliffhanger and Plinko. I have to admit though, I do miss Bob Barker. The show just isn’t the same without him.”

If you weren’t playing basketball, what other sport would you want to be a star in and why?
“I would want to be a tennis star. I loved playing it in high school and Nike has some pretty sweet tennis gear that I would definitely purchase.”

What are your favorite websites to surf?
“Of course hawkeyesports.com, but other than I usually check out people.com to read all the celebrity gossip and also Niner’s blog she has created about the season. I also get on Facebook daily to chat with friends.”

Last year was a memorable season for the Hawkeyes. What were some of your favorite moments or trips?
“A memory that really stands out about last year was our win at Wisconsin that gave us the Big Ten Championship title. I’ll never forget all the singing, dancing and celebration that went on in the locker room afterwards. And, then also arriving home at Carver Hawkeye Arena with all our fans and cutting down the nets.”

If you could trade places for a day with anyone, who would it be and why?
“I would want to trade places with Rachael Ray because I wish I could cook like her. Or maybe I should just trade places with my Mom because she is a great cook. Hopefully someday she’ll teach me all her secrets.”

What was some of your favorite memories of your recent trip back to Michigan with some of your teammates?
“We had a great time together going back to Niner’s hometown and experiencing Pulaski days. My favorite part was probably watching everyone learn how to Polka dance. Megan Skouby definitely surprised me with her Polka dancing skills.”

Is there any significance to your uniform number?
“Well, in high school I was number 40, but when I got here that number was already taken. So, I chose number 22 because my brother and a lot of my cousins wore 22 when they played, so I guess it’s kind of a family thing.”

What has been the toughest part of going through preseason practice with a nagging injury?
“I would have to say having to watch my teammates practice every day. A three-hour practice seems a lot longer when you aren’t able to participate.”