Gray Matters

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 first in an occasional series of blogs Chelsea Gray will be writing for the team summer.

Wow� I finally graduated! My family flew from all over to be there to support me as I make this leap into a new journey. Graduation weekend was great as I was able to enjoy my accomplishment with my close friends and classmates.

Now, on to the next phase of my life. What�s next?

I have decided to live and train in Southern California after graduation. I am rehabbing, working out, and coaching. Mornings and afternoons are spent training and working towards being 100 percent healthy and feeling the best I�ve ever felt. I am determined to be in the best shape of my life and feel great while doing it. My knee is feeling better and better every day, which makes me even more excited to be back on the court.

It�s funny how experiences throughout your life reveal things about you that you did not already know were there. Being sidelined for both my junior and senior year at Duke made me realize that coaching is something I could get into and enjoy. Therefore, Tuesday and Thursday evenings are filled with coaching AAU practices with the California Storm, run by my former AAU coach George Quintero. Before practice, I often work out and train younger kids and help them in any way they would like. Weekends are typically spent coaching these kids as they compete in AAU tournaments.

In my spare time, I walk and enjoy the streets of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, or Long Beach. I am a Cali girl, born and raised, so I am enjoying the California sunshine. There are an endless amount of activities to partake in.

I mean, what can I say, it�s California!