Five-on-Five with Bria Hartley

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO SIGN WITH THE PHOENIX MERCURY?

I chose to sign with the Mercury because I think we can be really good this year and I wanted to content to win a championship. Throughout my career, I haven’t played that many games in the playoffs and I want to be with a playoff contender.

OUTSIDE OF BASKETBALL, WHAT INTERESTED YOU ABOUT PHOENIX?

Outside of basketball, it’s on the West Coast and I’m very much an East Coast person. So, I think it helps me step outside of my comfort zone. I think that can help me grow as a player and as a person.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF FITTING IN WITH THE REST OF THE ROSTER?

I think I see myself fitting in pretty well. I’ve been around [Diana Taurasi] Skylar [Diggins-Smith] and Brittney [Griner] a few times and I think it has always been pretty cool. It’s going to be great going out there. I’ve played with Skylar a few times and played against her a lot, for sure. I think we play really well together.

WHO WAS YOUR BASKETBALL IDOL GROWING UP?

Honestly, my basketball idol growing up was probably Diana. Her toughness and that mentality to go out there not care what anyone thinks. She’s just going to go out there and she’s going to compete as hard as she can. I just love that mentality that she has when she plays.

WHAT’S SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT THE X-FACTOR MIGHT NOT KNOW?

One thing about me is that people see me on the court and they see like how athletic I am, but if you’re actually around me, I’m probably one of the clumsiest people. I just tripped for no reason or I’ll just knock into stuff. As athletic as I am, you’ll see that I’m very clumsy.