Ibu Yamazaki’s Radford seeks to expand horizons in Japan

When the Radford University men’s basketball team visits Japan in August for the World Collegiate Basketball Series (WUBS), they will have an indispensable guide in rising sophomore forward Ibu Yamazaki.

That is after head coach Darris Nichols makes sure his players have had enough time to experience a culture shock similar to that experienced by 19-year-old Matsudo, a native of Chiba Prefecture, during his freshman year in the United States.

“I’m looking forward to our guys trying to navigate and experience another world without Ibu’s help,” Nichols said at a virtual press conference Thursday ahead of the August press conference. Tournament 10-13 at Yoyogi Second National Gymnasium in Tokyo. “When he came to America, he had to learn a lot of new things. And he did it (in a place where few people speak Japanese).

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