Gray Matters - Volume II

Drafted in March with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, Duke star Chelsea Gray will miss this season while recovering from a knee injury suffered in January. She is expected to join the Sun in 2015.

This is the second in an occasional series of blogs Chelsea Gray will be writing for the team summer. To read the first one, click HERE.

Each week I notice more and more improvement in my knee. My knee has gone through much strain and hard times, but each week, it gets stronger and stronger. Itís a blessing that my knee is feeling this great. I sincerely believe that God touched my knee, and now it feels better than ever.

My training includes some agility work on the beach, circuit and ab-workouts, and, of course, basketball. It has been great, because I am able to work on my game and get better by doing things that I enjoy. For instance, training on the beach and in the sand is a pleasure, because it is easy on the knees, and I enjoy the view of the ocean while working hard and getting better.

I was able to take a drive up to my home in northern California where I surprised my mom, dad, and older brother for the weekend. Their faces were priceless when they found out I was there to visit for a while. My mother even did a double take to make sure she wasnít seeing things early in the morning. My high school, St. Maryís (Stockton), hosted a great event where alumni players came back to play in front of the local crowd against the current varsity girls basketball team. Reminiscing about fun times was quite enjoyable. I hope to be able to do that again someday.

There is a sense of excitement that builds in me when I feel myself getting in better shape and improving. The excitement builds from the fact that I will be back playing and competing against some of the best athletes in the world, but in addition will be able to be a part of the Connecticut Sun while doing it. It is such a great feeling to be able to come home after a workout and lay on the couch and watch my future team play.

The Sun have been competing at such a high level, and the fans and support that they receive while playing is unmatched. Coach Donovan recently gave me a call, and we were able to catch each other up to speed with everything. We were able to come up with a time in which it would be good for me to come to Connecticut and visit. It seems as though there are a lot of road games ahead for Connecticut in July, therefore the month of August will be the perfect time. I canít wait to come to Connecticut and visit with my teammates, coaches and the fans!