DURHAM, N.C.— The countdown has come to a close for the 2018-19 Duke women’s basketball season opener as we have only two days until the season opens at Northwestern. We touch base with our No. 2, Haley Gorecki.
A native of Palatine, Ill., Gorecki is one of the top three-point shooters in the nation and is coming off a season where she was one of the best players in the league prior to her hip injury. She drained 44 three-pointers in only 23 games, while notching 20 or more points four times out of a span of 11 contests.
GoDuke.com: What all did you do over the summer?
Haley Gorecki: Over the summer, I was actually here for most of it. I got to go home for a couple weeks to see my family, which was really nice. We went to the lake a lot, but I was here rehabbing my hip for a majority of the time. Coach P and the trainers wanted me back and just being on campus and in the gym so it worked out really well.
GD: How has your injury situation over your collegiate career made you a better player and mentally tougher?
HG: I think it taught me the little things of what Coach P has said on the sideline so it gives me more, not even a player’s perspective but a coach’s perspective as well.
GD: As a redshirt junior now, how are you stepping up to be more of a leader this season?
HG: I think vocally and by show kind of just talking to the underclassmen or just kind of like someone who needs guidance, but for sure talking and communication.
GD: Since getting healthy, what kinds of things have you been working on with your game to improve?
HG: I always like to work on defense. Defense is one thing that I can always improve on. And then ball-handling is another thing and I want to work on more of like my pull up game.
Most used emoji? 😂
Role model? My parents
One thing that always put you in a good mood? Dogs or food
Favorite dance move? I can’t dance, so the 1,2 step
Which teammate would make the best president and why? Emily because she is the most reasonable
Favorite color? Orange
Favorite snapchat filter? The bug eyed one. That gives you big lips and eyes
Favorite Disney movie? 101 Dalmatians and Lion King
Song playing on your phone right now? Better - Khalid
Last show you binge-watched? Power
Go to song to practice to? Any Drake song
Best thing you did over the summer? Workout with my trainer and go to the lake and saw my friends and family
One word your teammates would use to describe you? Funny/easygoing
Best advice you have ever received? Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations
Favorite TV show growing up? Hannah Montana
Favorite vacation spot? The lake or California
One place you would like to travel to? Bora Bora
Do you have any pre-round rituals? Always get extra shots up in the morning
Best class you’ve taken at Duke and why? A cultural Anthropology class with Professor Ingrid, she was honestly one of the coolest professors I have ever had
Beach or mountains? BEACH
Do you have any relatives involved in athletics? No
Instagram story or snapchat? Snapchat
Favorite type of ice cream? Chocolate chip cookie dough
Food you miss the most from home? Portillos and deep dish pizza
Favorite athlete? Kyrie Irving
Goals upon graduation? Get the grades I want to and more and conquer all my goals for the basketball season
Hobbies? I like to find new music
Do you play a musical instrument and if so what? I don’t, but I wish I played the piano
If you could play another sport in college what would it be? For sure soccer or volleyball