NEW Mildura Heat import Alexis Gassion believes Mildura's small ball approach won't hinder them in their Big V Division 1 women's campaign.
The NCAA Division 1 Indiana University alumni arrived in Mildura this week and replaces Siobhan Beslow as the James Madigan-coached side's overseas player for the season.
The 22-year-old guard said the Heat could still match it with the best in their division despite a lack of height on the inside.
"I don't think size really matters," Gassion said.
"As long as we are the team playing the hardest in the gym."
Gassion said she had already met most of her new teammates and was settling in well at her new surrounds in The Hothouse and Mildura.
"I think I'm pretty adjusted to the time and everyone has been very friendly and helpful and helping me make the transition," she said.
"I've met most of (my teammates), there's probably a few I haven't met yet, we've had one training session together and I've had a training session with just two of the girls.
"If they played how we played in the last training session I can definitely see myself fitting in well helping the team win the championship."
After a short stint playing professionally in Finland, Gassion said her agent had put her onto Madigan after the Mildura coach came searching for a new import.
"My agent reached out to me and told me James (Madigan) had expressed some interest, we talked a little bit about Mildura and I looked it up, it looked like a cool place," Gassion said.
"Then Coach James and I started to talk, and it just went from there."
Gassion was even driven from Melbourne to Mildura by Madigan, who flew in from the United States at the same time as Gassion, and already had an affinity with the veteran coach.
"He's a funny guy, sometimes he just won't be quiet," she joked.
"He was very friendly, one of the first times we met we actually Facetimed because that's how he wanted to talk."
Gassion said she hadn't set any personal goals just yet for her season in Mildura, however she just wanted to help last season's semi finalists the best she can.
"I sure want to come in and make an impact but I haven't made any personal goals just yet," she said.
"I'm very versatile, I can attack, I have my mid-range (shot), good defense and I can rebound as well.
"So I think that (I) will be a good puzzle piece for the team."
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