Arizona coach Sean Miller called Nnaji a perfectionist (pianists sometimes are, given the nature of their instrument).

Learning how to sit down and work through something difficult has helped me in basketball. I don't feel like I put too much pressure on myself. section: | slug: court-report-from-basketball-to-beethoven-zeke-nnaji-is-hitting-all-the-right-notes-for-arizona | sport: collegebasketball | route: article_single.us |

Moreover, he became the first Arizona player to score 20 points and collect 10 rebounds in his in his first three games since Brandon Ashley did so against Long Beach State in the 2012–13 season. I feel very confident in my ability to shoot the ball now.

Nnaji: "I would have to choose the NBA Finals, without a doubt in my mind. At this stage, no one really knows. Thread starter GopherHole Staff; Start date Jan 3, 2018; GopherHole Staff GopherHole Admin.

My hard work and discipline are going to take me far. I'm all about music.". I have more energy, I'm sleeping better and I am getting stronger. Zeke Nnaji is ranked 39th in the 2020 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings by cbssports. Likewise, Nnaji’s father, Apham, is from Nigeria, while his mother, Janel, is from Minnesota. My dad would buy us tickets and we would go pretty often. Nnaji's musical prowess was inevitable. Projected second-round pick, and former Arizona forward, Zeke Nnaji reportedly worked out with the Heat on Sunday, according to Marc Spears of The Undefeated.

One of the things he talked about was being vegan and how it helped him. Your family has a lot of athletes, but also musicians -- and you’re an experienced musician yourself. ", As soon as I committed to Arizona, my father and strength coach from Minnesota went down to Tucson and met with the strength coach there. Do you ever feel like you put too much pressure on yourself? ", "I think my family and I went about the process a little differently than most people. Will Minnesota coach Richard Pitino still land a local prospect in 2019? ", we’ve posted online from my workouts at Impact Basketball. The long layover due to the coronavirus pandemic has allowed players a better opportunity to improve their games but most are ready to put that work to the test. It appears that your approach is working well, as you keep improving at a rapid rate. At that point, I had to learn new songs on my own. What happens To The Cat In ‘1BR’ Explained: Everglow Ages, Members Bio: What We Know About Korean Girl Group, Ashes Of Creation Release Date, Wikipedia, Trailer, Platform, F1 2020 XBox One Release Date, Podium Pass, Schumacher Edition, Cory DeVante Williams AKA Coryxkenshin Age – Family & Net Worth 2020 Facts, Ranin Karim New York Designer: Everything On Carl Lentz Mistress And Affair, Lena Tillett Wral: Everything To Know On Husband Age, and Married Life.

Q&A: Hopkins Junior Zeke Nnaji Talks Recruiting and Family Ties at Minnesota. I loved it and it was super fun for me, but by the time I had gotten to eighth grade, I had outgrown the teacher. I got a lot stronger before going to college, and our team was lacking some inside presence. However, when I get on the court, I'm relentless and tenacious on both ends of the floor. "I'd never done something at that scale before, and the whole time I was thinking, Don't mess up, don't mess up," Nnaji said. All Rights Reserved. Nnaji: "At the end of the season, I was about 230 pounds and I currently weigh 249 pounds. "I was shocked.". If a smaller guy is on me, I’ll post them up and use my size.". His 114 3-point attempts are by far the most of any Cavalier and his 38.6% clip from beyond the arc is the best of all Tony Bennett's players.

Janel Nnaji could not believe what she was hearing come from downstairs.

When I was able to get a challenging piano piece down, I was very satisfied. His parents did not permit exposure to video games, and he was only allowed to have a cellphone in high school because of the number of Division I coaches who requested contact with Nnaji, who would go onto become a top-40 prospect. ", First of all, I'm very coachable.
It was a great feeling to know that my hard work had paid off. I really just love music — a ton of different genres too. Coach (Bill) Self is very relatable, and his staff is consistent as a unit.". It gave me a boost and helped me have a great freshman season. It motivated me and put a chip on my shoulder.

Among his favorite pieces to play are George Fischoff's "Georgia Porcupine," Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's "Solfeggietto in C minor," and the instantly recognizable "Für Elise" by Beethoven. 10 Kentucky Continues SEC Dominance With Win Over LSU, a top-three freshman in college basketball while starring for Arizona, "Sir Duke" is maybe his favorite Stevie song, published a piece that highlighted the peculiar punishment, which maybe should have made the 2019 NCAA Tournament, could prevent you from making the NCAA Tournament, the longest streak that coincides with a nine-game winning streak since 2002-03, Top 100 And 1 players in college basketball, Garza, Butler, lead AP preseason All-America team, Marshall soon to be out as coach at Wichita State, Michigan State's Izzo tests positive for COVID-19, Preseason AP Top 25: Zags edge Baylor for No.
The 2019 39th NBA draftee, Alen Smailagic, inked a four year / $6,129,593 contract with the Golden State Warriors, including $2,416,291 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $1,532,398. I think that it's a great weight for me.

ETSU is 39th in Wins Above Bubble, which is five spots above SFA. Hopkins four-star senior Zeke Nnaji doesn't include Gophers among his final five: Kansas, Arizona, UCLA, Baylor and Purdue. "Most guys are going to turn on Drake or something like that. ", At the end of the season, I was about 230 pounds and I currently weigh 249 pounds. Going into college, it really pushed me to be the best. I listen to tons of different genres of music. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. I had a little toy piano with maybe 20 keys on it — I loved playing on that. I never really played the center position. I watched a documentary called 'The Game Changers,' which is about different high-level athletes who are vegan, and it outlines how the diet has helped them. He said that he needed me to step up at the five. I like making and listening to music. I wanted to be stronger than the people I’d go up against, and so I needed to start early. But learning music -- embracing repetition, facing up to the hard parts -- made him a better athlete and bred unabating competitiveness. I use the same kind of philosophy when I approach training for basketball. He had already Googled, 'What is the most difficult song ever to play on piano?'".

Also, Andre Iguodala came to talk to our team; he talked to us about a bunch of different things. It's hard work, and sometimes things are more difficult than usual, but if you sit down and focus on those certain areas and apply discipline and dedication, you will see improvements. Zeke Nnaji is an American college basketball player for the Arizona Wildcats of the Pac-12 Conference.

Karaoke, every kind of music you can think of.". His 61.5% 2-point clip only trails Deandre Ayton (63.5%).

I listen to tons of different genres of music. When he'd hop in the car, he'd pull up a specific song to play back through bluetooth. From your perspective, what have been the positives and negatives of such a long process? I'm the most-likely prospect to hit my ceiling because of the kind of lifestyle that I live, both on and off the court. I’ve lived a disciplined and regimented life forever and it’s all I really know. Nnajirsquo;s height is 6 feet,11(2.11m) inches and his weight is 240lb (108kg) whereas he plays as a forward player. I've learned that you are a vegan.

Nnaji was a rapidly growing dichotomy from grade school up into high school. I tried to learn difficult pieces, and I struggled with them. Your sister Maya is a five-star high school basketball recruit. It also doesn't help -- in fact, it's a negative -- that a game like Furman-ETSU isn't on over-the-air television, or even a mainstream streaming platform.

When I was able to get a challenging piano piece down, I was very satisfied. Little Zeke is no longer little. I went to so many of their games as a little kid. We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge. When you get to college, the rankings are reset. "But working hard at piano and seeing so many different results of me being able to play this really difficult song that I hadn't been able to before, seeing things like that, how it translated to basketball, working hard, seeing results in my shot. I feel bad for all of the people that have been affected by this virus. I'd put in three hours a day of work and I persevered through those difficult times. Nnaji: "Oh, yeah, that would be awesome! If you do that every day, you’ll improve, and I am improving — I’m shooting the ball really well.

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"I would go have dinner with Zeke in the evening," she said. ETSU coach Steve Forbes has a 123-43 record in nearly five seasons there. I feel really confident in my three-point shooting ability from the NBA line; I'm shooting the ball really well from that range. My discipline and my regimented life are going to push me towards that ceiling. Moreover, Nnaji had 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the championship game. 1, Michigan adds 5-star big Diabate to No. We did well when I was at the five position. Please check your email for a confirmation. He played for the Adidas-sponsored D1 Minnesota club alongside Matthew Hurt. KU Basketball Recruiting Scoop with Matt Scott. We made a giant checklist of things that we were looking for in a school -- from style of play, the conference, the coaching staff, the community, the strength coach and the business school. "Dude, you're eight years old! Nnaji was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year after averaging 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 32 games played last season with the Wildcats.

Five days later, he was named Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Week. I watched a documentary called 'The Game Changers,' which is about different high-level athletes who are vegan, and it outlines how the diet has helped them.

", She's going through the same thing that I went through. It gave me a boost and helped me have a great freshman season.".

I was on that program the entire year; I worked out six days a week in the weight room. Nnaji played baseball and soccer before starting basketball due to his height. References [ edit ] Nnaji's father, Alphan, is from Nigeria, while his mother, Janel, is from Minnesota. Toppin, who also worked out with the Charlotte Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers, is widely projected to be a top-10 pick next week due to his offensive versatility and should be available when each of those teams are on the clock. Have a Q, curiosity or complaint? Projected second-round pick, and former Arizona forward, Zeke Nnaji reportedly worked out with the Heat on Sunday, according to Marc Spears of The Undefeated. On November 6, 2019, Nnaji made his college debut, scoring 20 points in 21 minutes to help Arizona defeat Northern Arizona, 91–52. "Hey, Zeke, this is wonderful," Hornsby said. ETSU and Furman have nine road wins, UNCG has eight. "The meeting couldn't have gone better," Apham Nnaji told KUsports.com. Yeah, I've taken the discipline and dedication I used to learn new pieces of music and applied them to how I train for basketball.