- UConn’s Geno Auriemma: “Kelly Graves is a great guy and one of the best coaches in America. Oregon is a place with tremendous women’s basketball potential and Kelly is the perfect person to lead the Ducks to the next level. I won’t be surprised when Oregon is competing for Pac-12 championships, and contending on a national level, in the near future.”
- Fomer Gonzaga All-American Courtney Vandersloot: "Everyone that has either worked for or played for coach Graves knows that he is one of the most genuine people you will ever meet, which is why he is respected by so many. He knows how to get the best out of his players. I was sold the second I met him, and he has that same affect on a lot of people. I improved and learned a lot while playing for him. I credit a lot of my success to coach Graves and know that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for him."
* Vandersloot was a three-time WCC Player of the Year and three-time All-American and won the Nancy Lieberman Award (2011) as the nation's top point guard. She is the only player in NCAA history (men's or women's basketball) to post 2,000 career points and 1,000 career assists.
- Portland’s Jim Sollars: “Oregon has gotten a real gem. I might be biased because he’s a great friend of mine, but Kelly is a phenomenal coach and one of the best recruiters I have ever come across. His teams run well, score well and play excellent defense. He’s going to be very successful at Oregon.”
* Graves worked under Sollars for four seasons at Portland.
- Miami’s Katie Meier: “Kelly is a tremendous teacher of the game. His teams are always disciplined, smart, fun to watch and display the same enthusiasm and love for the game that he possesses. He builds winning cultures first, which leads to championship teams. Oregon has made a tremendous hire. Kelly is a talented coach full of integrity and a man who treats his players as family."
* Graves worked with Meier on the USA Basketball U19 team.