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TATSUAKI SAKAI
(酒井達晶)

GUARD
Nationality: Japanese
Date of Birth: 1997-05-06


Height: 171 cm 
Weight: 69kg 

 

BIO

  • Birthplace: Ishikawa, Japan

  • Star at Fusui Junior High School & Hokuriku Gakuin HS

  • Awarded the prestigious 2015 Slam Dunk Scholarship

  • Attended Saint Thomas More High School in the USA

  • Full basketball scholarship, St. Joseph's College of Maine

  • Twice named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Admin and Management

  • Assisted Trainer Noah LaRoche in 2021 NBA Draft Prep

  • 2021-22 rehabbing Achilles, working at Gunma Crane Thunders (B1) as Assistant Coach & Translator

  • Practiced with Gunma throughout the 2021-22 season and is fully cleared to play

LATEST HIGHLIGHTS
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SKILLS

Tatsuaki is a smart and skilled scoring guard, with a high basketball IQ and extensive international experience playing basketball in the USA at both high school and college levels.

He plays with confidence and a level of maturity that is usually associated with older players. Tatsuaki is not afraid of big moments in any game. 

Tatsuaki is a consistent 3 pt shooter with a quick release. He moves well without the ball and finishes well with both hands. He is a good driver, especially on the right. He is fast and athletic for his size. Tatsuaki has a determined mindset and can battle through adversity to win the day.

 

Tatsuaki's coaching experience allows him to be an extension of the coach on the court. He is a trustworthy young man, both on and off the court. Tatsuaki speaks fluent Japanese & English. 

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RECENT SEASONS

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2021-2022: Gunma Crane Thunders (B1): Assistant Coach (Player Development) and Translator. DNP due to rehabbing Achilles.

2020-2021: St. Joseph's College, ME (NCAA3):

Season canceled due to COVID.

2019-2020: St. Joseph's College, ME (NCAA3, starting five):

21 games: 9.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.3%,

3PT: 43.5%, FT: 85.7%

2018-2019: St. Joseph's College, ME (NCAA3, starting five):

27 games: 4.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.5apg, 1.Ospg, FGP: 50.6%,

3PT: 45.5%, FT: 75.0%

2016-2017: Oakdale, CT / St. Thomas More School 2017-2018: St. Joseph's College, ME (NCAA3, starting five):

26 games: 2,8ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.1 apg

 

 

ADDITIONAL FILM (please click the links below)