‘The Japanese Steph Curry’ plays home games in Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Myron Medcalf, ESPN

    • Staff WriterNov 22, 2023, 08:30 AM ET Close Covers college basketball
    • Joined ESPN.com in 2011
    • Graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato

LINCOLN, Neb.– Keisei Tominaga was starving. Being in a space with his colleagues for a video shoot before the season, the Japanese guard for the Nebraska Cornhuskers saw a crowd of students collected outside and knew he ‘d be hounded if he delegated discover something to consume.

“He was unable to walk one 2nd without someone coming by and requesting a selfie,” said Luca Virgilio, Nebraska’s director of basketball techniques and company operations. “So he asked a supervisor, ‘Hey, can you grab food for me from throughout the hall? Since if I need to walk there, I’m never going to get there.'”

Since his arrival in Lincoln in 2021, Tominaga has actually been a rock star off the court, and a gifted player on it. He made 40% of his 3-point attempts last season and assisted the Cornhuskers end the 2022-23 season on a favorable note by winning six of 8 before the Big Ten competition. He’s balancing 11.0 PPG this campaign for an unbeaten Cornhuskers squad after missing the first 2 games with an ankle injury.Tominaga is the most recognizable player on the lineup in the state capital which includes three times more cows (6.8 million)than people (1.9 million). He’s also popular 6,117 miles away in his hometown of Moriyama Nagoya Aichi, Japan, where he’s referred to as “The Japanese Steph Curry.” He prevents trips to the shopping mall there because of the relentless ask for photos.TCL Player of the

, together with Los Angeles Lakers forward Rui Hachimura and Phoenix Suns forward Yuta Watanabe, as one of the faces of the sport in the archipelago country of 126 million. In October, Japanese media flew to Lincoln for an exhibition game.For Japan, Tominaga balanced 6.9 PPG– the leading mark– for the 3-on-3 squad in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Three months back, he starred on the nationwide team in the FIBA World Cup. The team completed initially among Asian countries in the standings and received the Olympics for the first time considering that 1976( as the host country of the 2020 Games, Japan immediately qualified). Their 80-71 win over Cape Verde– in which Tominaga scored 22 points– was the most-watched program in Japan in 2023, per FIBA, which also noted that 23% of the Tokyo metro location tuned in.”When he had [the ankle injury], it was news in Japan,”stated Miwa Shirasaka

, a Lincoln resident from Japan.”A lot of individuals watched the FIBA World Cup. He’s one of the well-known players [in Japan]”Love it, Keisei!– Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) February 16, 2023 However Tominaga is at Nebraska with

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