Interview with Jordan Okonji – Bethel University Men’s Basketball – Media Day 2022

Sep 14, 2022 | Interviews, Videos | 0 comments

 

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PC
Welcome back here to about the university men’s basketball media day. Great to be with you. Excited about the 2223 season. Exciting time here on the Mishawaka campus. A lot of new faces will be talked about throughout the course of the broadcast season. So we encourage you to stick around, get to know some of these young men we’ll be talking about.

We’re blessed now here to have a young man who came across the pond, as they say, from London, England. We’re glad to have Jordan Okonji with us. He’s a six foot eight, A 190 lb. junior. He’s got a couple of years of eligibility. Now, depending upon how his COVID thing works out, he may even have three years of eligibility. So we’re still kind of working on some of that.

But we know we’ve got him for two years. He let his high school club team in London youth games to the championship. It’s one of the top three shot blockers in the conference at Temple College where he’s transferred in from. So, Jordan, let’s just talk about the decision to come to Bethel. It was certainly had to be a big decision to make that move from point A to point B.
So give us an idea, what was the allure to come to Mishawaka, Indiana?

JO
Moving forward.

PC
You’ve been in the States about three years though, so it’s not like you’re just you’re just you just got off the boat, if you will. But it’s a situation, so you kind of get an idea on the culture. You spent some time down in Temple College and Texas, I believe. Yeah. Give us an idea on what you’ve come to know and love about the United States of America.

JO
Well, I can start off with the obvious, which is the food.

PC
I agree.

JO
Yeah, the food is very different from back home, but in in a great way. Like, you know, I enjoy the different types of cuisine. Like one of the things I’ve grown to love here is Mexican food, which isn’t a big emphasis back home. So I really do enjoy that.

PC
Give us an idea as you make the move here to come and play basketball, what was the reason that Catholic University men’s basketball had a place for you in your heart?

JO
I feel like the illustrious history. I wanted to be a part of a winning program as well moving forward. So I could develop good habits. Also, like I said and mentioned before, the emphasis on family, I was an international student. I felt like I really needed a home and somewhere to further my career. And I felt like the coaches really conveyed and gave me that energy when they were recruiting me.

PC
When you talk to Coach Falls Grove or Coach Draven or Coach Ocean, give us an idea as you look at those guys. I know Ryan McDaniel, Tanner, all these guys have done a tremendous job of making all the all the new guys feel at home. Can you speak to what you learned about the coaching staff thus far?

JO
I’ve learned that they always put us first and they’ll go above and beyond for us. The coaches have gone extensive ways to get to know me personally, like we’ve had lunches done team activities, like there’s not 1/2 here, I haven’t felt involved or part of the team, which is really important for me transferring as well. And I really do enjoy that.

PC
One of the things that we’ve talked to all the athletes about it, as a matter of fact, it sounds like a broken record or for this generation to skip CD or an incorrupt file, if you will. But the reality of it is the Crossroads League is one of the two best conferences in the United States. So you’re going to be playing in a league that has multiple Division one athletes on every single team in this league.
Give us an idea on what you’re doing physically, mentally and emotionally to get yourself ready for that war that you’re going to see every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays.

JO
I’m looking at every day get my shortstop doing my lifts to make sure I can be in the physical shape to compete every day in this league. I know that the league is a very tough league, which is why I chose it as well. So yeah, I’m really looking forward to participate in them.

PC
So if someone were to say to you, What’s your game all about? Obviously a six foot eight, we know that we’re going to be seeing you on the inside, I’m going to assume at this point in time. But do you consider yourself a five you consider yourself a four, or do you really want to be on one in your own heart?

JO
I think every vision that was the VLA, but that’s not the case of I’m really a four or five man and I provide energy, defensive plays. I like to shop like and I like to run rim run like crazy. So I’m really ready to bring that energy to the squad this season.

PC
There is there a guy that you patterned your game at growing up?

JO
Oh, that’s a really hard question. I have a favorite player, but I wouldn’t say.

PC
It was your favorite player.

JO
It’s got to be honest, man. You know, I got a rep, my heritage. I’m originally born in England. My parents are from Nigeria. So I’m a I’m a big Giants fan out there.

PC
You have it. All right. We’re glad you can join us here for Bethel University Men’s Media Day. We’re looking forward to seeing the big fella somewhere out there. He’ll get one of those chances to bring up the ball, up the floor. If we can get that ball away from Watts or go from whoever the case may be, it’ll be a lot of fun watching you do that.

All right. All right. Jordan, our colleague, our special guest here about the Women’s Media Day. We’ll be back with more right after this.

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