Interview with Tanguy Touze – Bethel University Men’s Basketball – Media Day 2022

Sep 14, 2022 | Interviews, Videos | 0 comments

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Paul Condry
Welcome back here about the university men’s basketball media day. I’m Paul Condry. Great that you joined us here today. We’ve been getting to know everybody here high above Mike Lightfoot, caught here inside the Weikamp  Athletic Center. It’s always great to be around the Gates gymnasium and looking forward to another exciting season about men’s basketball. You can check out all those games on triple WRC, CENTCOM and of course, our Bethel website here. And make sure you check this out. Some great things going on. Our. We’re going to take you across the pond again and then back here to all the way to France and then back to Jacksonville State as our international flavor continues. Now, as we’re here with Target. Tuesday is a six foot five surprise, got three years of eligibility.

He joins us here. Okay. And I know that it’s easy for me to say we’re going to go either double T or G. I know that Coach Paul’s Grove said it’s good to call you T, so I’m going to make it easy on myself for the rest of our time here. Let’s talk about the trip from across the pond to the states. You settled in a Jacksonville State and now you’re here in Mishawaka? Yeah. You’ve spent some time here in the States. What was the reason you wanted to come to the States to begin with?

Tanguy Touze
So I had come to the States reviews previous Jacksonville State. I was in the press in Florida for a year. Basically, it was just getting to college basketball. Been aiming at it for like a little under ten years now. A great way to pursue an education and still play basketball at a very high level. I got the chance to be a NCAA Division one athlete for a year and a half.

A great experience didn’t end the way I wanted it to, but I’m glad now to be here at Bethel ready to get to work.

PC
Obviously, the tradition at Bethel is a big draw for a lot of people. They see the three red banners over there and they look at all the NCAA, NCAA championship banners across the way. It’s an it’s an imposing place to come in here sometimes for a lot of people. Give us an idea on what the draw was for you to come here.

TT
Yeah. I mean, I’ve had a couple very good talk with Coach Dave and Coach both. Both. Like you said, a very big history and tradition. I knew I saw a couple film tapes like the way basketball is played here, the importance it has in the community to. And, yeah, I just thought that it was the best place for me to keep going here.

PC
Well, you played in the NCAA Tournament series, so, you know, the excitement of playing at a high level there. Give us an idea. With all the experiences that you have and the wide variety of different places that you play, how is that going to help you now here at Bethel?

TT
Yeah. I mean, like you said, I got lucky enough to get to the tournament last year, didn’t spend much time on the court, but I was still there to get to know how it works. High level athletes. I played pro in France for a year, so I think I’m going to I would say I’m going to ready for a lot of different context.

Very good, very good experiences for me. Yeah. I’m just ready to, you know, help the team win and get that championship up one more time.

PC
There you go. That sounds great. Let’s talk about your game. Obviously, it’s six foot five. There’s a wide variety of things we could we could potentially say you can play at. Are you one, two, three, four or five? Or would you prefer that you’d like to play? Or are you one of those versatile, interchangeable guys that can really play anywhere?

TT
Yeah, I would say I am. I’m a point guard. I’ve always been playing Bongo growing up. My main skill set is going to be point guard skills. But yeah, because of my height, I can shoot the ball now. I can play defense a little bit. Thanks to Jacksonville State. So yeah, I’ll be able to move around a little bit on the court and play various positions too.

PC
So if you take your skill set in playing in Europe, as I know you played in the French in one league, and then now you’re here in the States. What’s the difference between playing basketball in France and then playing basketball here in the States?

TT
Usually in the States it’s much more athletic weight, faster ups and downs, less time for settle plays. I think Bethel is a coach. Dreeben has a very specific way to make his team play ball because it’s in the middle of everything. But yeah, the main difference would usually be athleticism. It was back at Jacksonville State, but this year I feel like this is going to be a very good mix between classic American style of play and what you can see in Europe, too.

TT
So I’m excited for that too.

PC
So watch which player out there that you patterned your game after. Who’s your favorite? Who’s your favorite basketball player.

TT
Is going to be for best was going to be Steve Nash.

PC
That’s a good one.

TT
Yeah. Very, very. All around guard, point guard, great shooter, great playmaker, very good handles for the times to. Yeah, just the closest guy we’ve seen to the perfect point guard in my eyes.

PC
There you have it. If he brings that type of skill set here, the pirates are going to be one of the best teams in America to get to say we’re glad to have him here today. And we’ll be back with more about the university men’s basketball media day right after this.

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