Interview with Chikara Tanaka – Bethel University Men’s Basketball – Media Day 2022

Sep 14, 2022 | Interviews, Videos | 0 comments

 

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Paul Condry
Welcome back here to Bethel University Men’s Basketball Media Day. I’m Paul. Glad you could join us here today. And it’s great to be back inside the Gates gymnasium right above Mike Lightfoot’s court. We’re just outside the men’s basketball office, and we’re glad to be joined here by freshman Chikara Tanaka, six foot three young man from Yokohama, Japan. He’s spent some time here in the States three or four years, played for a British national prep, also played at IMG.

So we’re glad to have him here with us here today. Now, talking with Coach Falls Girl Chikara, he tells me that you you’ve been in the States for a while and so this is kind of like a literally is your second home. So what’s your take on the United States after four or five years?

Chikara Tanaka
So to correct you a little bit, I’m from Yokosuka, Yokohama Polska. But yes, coming to the States, I mean, growing up, I did have a lot of American friends and have Japanese have American friends. So I guess like there wasn’t too much of a huge culture shock, but I would say there somewhat of a culture shock that I had to get used to.

But after being here for a while, I like the freedom. I like kind of like everyone’s driven and it kind of forces me to kind of push for my goals even more.

PC
Well, you’ve played with some pretty good talent, Mark Balls Grove tells me. So I’m certainly that’s challenged me to become a better player. So what’s the driving force in your life?

CT
My family. My family is the main the main support for me. Everything I do is, of course, like I do, I play basketball because I love it, but at the end of the day is for my family so I can support them and, you know, have fun.

PC
Well, your family get a chance to come over from Japan to the states. Are they going to be watching and listening to media broadcasts?

CT
They’re probably going to be watching for the most part. But I think for the first time in three years or four, four or five years, my mom might come watch a game.

PC
So that’ll be an exciting opportunity.

CT
That will be fun. That would be fun.

PC
So why did you choose to come to Bethel University here in Mishawaka, Indiana?

CT
Um, I came over here because I just think that it was just the best option for me at the time. And I did have other opportunities, but at the time, just for me, mental from a mental state. Physical state is everything. I just thought, I’m coming here to be the best option.

PC
I know that the coaches are probably already told. Yeah, and if you listen or watch any of our games or hear any interviews, we always talk about how difficult it is to play in the Crossroads League. Crossroads League, arguably one of the two or three best conferences in America. Are you ready for that rock and roll and rugged and tumble and type of league?

That is the Crossroads League. It’s brutal, man.

CT
I think I’m more than ready. I can say that confidently, just because I’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time. So I’m just I’m just ready to go.

PC
Okay. So talk about your game. A lot of people say, hey, what are you are you two? Are you one? Are you three? What are your skill sets and what are some things you want to continue to work on?

CT
I would say I’m a one to, um, I guess my skill set is creating. I’m a scoring guy. I guess I can, I can say good score of three levels, but I want to get better at is probably is everything honestly everything everything about about the game. I want to get better so there’s no specific point or anything.

PC
What kind of aspirations do you have for the future? I know obviously with you as a freshman, you’re going to get a chance to see it for four, four more years. The lights out for you, man.

CT
Yeah. So, I mean, just make the best out of it. Um, bring what I can bring and just. Just show everyone a good. A good performance. Have a good time. Yeah.

PC
So, okay, so for for your family back home in Japan, anything that you like to say in Japanese to them. So I guess when we post the that we post the interviews, obviously, unless they’re fluent in English, you can understand me. But so anything you’d like to say to the family back.

CT
お母さんジュニアみたいってのは似合ってやるぞ。はい。

PC
All right. There you have it. Great to have Chikara Tanaka, part of the International flavor here on the Bethel men’s basketball team. We’ll be back with more Bethel University men’s basketball media day right after this.

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