Apr 18, 2022;  Phoenix, AZ, US;  Phoenix Mercury forward Mael Gilles walks across the practice court during the second day of training camp at Verizon 5G Performance Center.  She played at ASU.  Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-Arizona Republic

Former ASU forward Mael Gilles embracing opportunity with Mercury

Mael Gilles is just glad she doesn’t have to pack up her life again and move in her first experience in professional basketball.

The former Arizona State forward is unlike the four other rookies at camp as she can comfortably live in her dorm room 20 minutes away from the Phoenix Mercury’s practice facility.

Gilles is grateful for the short commute as she figures out her next steps following the conclusion of her final college season at ASU. The Montreal native isn’t a stranger to moving across the continent as she became a first timer on the West Coast when she transferred from Rutgers after four seasons to play at ASU.

Apr 18, 2022;  Phoenix, AZ, US;  Phoenix Mercury forward Mael Gilles walks across the practice court during the second day of training camp at Verizon 5G Performance Center.  She played at ASU.  Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-Arizona Republic

“I’m so speechless. I’m learning so much every day, especially having Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles, and Skylar Diggins-Smith with me. I think I’m learning so much and with the information they are giving me to me, I’m trying my best to take it all in and try to apply it. It’s really has been a pleasure and a blessing just to be around all these people, managers, coaches, I feel like it feels like family to me,” Gilles said.

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