Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura learned English listening to Drake, 21 Savage

first_imgHe is averaging 20.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 2018-19 and was named the West Coast Conference player of the year.Gonzaga boasts a 29-2 record and is the No. 1 team in the country. It will begin playing in its conference tournament on Monday. “We kept him around us and, thankfully, he listens to rap music,” senior guard Josh Perkins said of Hachimura, via The Undefeated. “That’s how we communicated with him. That was a mutual language. … He listened to 21 Savage and Drake. He knew what they were saying. We had to say, ‘Rui, this is what they actually mean.’ Now he speaks better English than me.”“Communication. Language. That was very hard,” Hachimura said. “It’s different. Here and Japan are, like, the opposite things. Maybe I was thinking about going home a little bit, but I couldn’t quit. I had a bigger goal. I am playing for my national team too. I couldn’t do it.”Hachimura is Japanese-Beninise and became the first Japanese native to play in the men’s NCAA Division I tournament. The 21-year-old junior is now three years into his college basketball journey, and he’s enjoying exploring African-American culture.“I like the music. Food. We have a confidence. That is a big part for me,” Hachimura said.Hachimura has improved drastically during his time at Gonzaga and is considered to be a sure lottery pick if he enters the 2019 draft. Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura learned English in an interesting way.The 6-8 forward hails from Japan and is the face of Bulldogs basketball. He wasn’t fluent in English when he arrived in the United States, but listening to rappers like Drake and 21 Savage eased the transition.last_img read more

DraftKings Week 16 Saturday Picks: Lineup advice for NFL DFS tournaments

first_imgTE George Kittle, 49ers vs. Rams ($6,500). Kittle is underpriced, and that’s despite playing in a run-first offense with multiple talented WRs. He’s just the focal point of everything San Francisco does and should be again Saturday night.FLEX Todd Gurley, Rams @ 49ers ($6,300). Gurley feels like the best combination of floor and ceiling at this price point, rather than taking a chance on a riskier wide receiver. The 49ers are dinged up and didn’t do too much slowing down of Devonta Freeman a week ago.D/ST San Francisco 49ers vs. Rams ($3,400). If you want to free up a bit more cash and play New England here, it’s probably warranted. I’ll take a shot that San Francisco can handle Jared Goff (whose name I just misspelled “goof” before correcting it). Week 16 provides us with a tantalizing appetizer of Saturday games in a three-game slate much like Thanksgiving. That provides an extra chance to play NFL DFS contests on DraftKings on Dec. 21, especially if you’ve been knocked out of your season-long league fantasy playoffs. With the Buccaneers and Texans kicking action off, there should be plenty of scoring.We’ve invested heavily in potential points out of Houston and Tampa Bay while mostly avoiding what should be a low-scoring affair between Buffalo and New England. The lineup gets wrapped up with strong investment in Rams-49ers, as well, in a game we’ll need to stay close to pay off. WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerDraftKings Saturday NFL DFS Picks: Tournament lineupQB Jameis Winston, Buccaneers vs. Texans ($6,900). In the game that should easily feature the most scoring on the slate, Winston potentially provides even bigger upside than Deshaun Watson due to Tampa Bay’s insistence on throwing deep down the field no matter the down, distance, or score. Winston slinging it around for four quarters against a bad Houston secondary should lead to much more positive than negative, even with his WRs coming up lame.RB Raheem Mostert, 49ers vs. Rams ($6,100). Mostert’s had three straight weeks in charge of the San Francisco backfield, so hopefully Kyle Shanahan doesn’t change his mind now. Mostert might have the most big-play ability of any RB on the slate, and besides Aaron Donald, the Rams’ run defense is lacking.WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB Sony Michel, Patriots vs. Bills ($4,600). As long as the Patriots don’t do anything weird, Michel comes in at a value price for a player who should see double-digit carries and a few goal-line looks in a solid offense.WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans @ Buccaneers ($8,500). Hopkins’ ownership will be high with Chris Godwin now ruled out, thanks to the lack of other players in his pricing stratosphere. That’s fine — he should have a big game in a shootout.WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | Y! Cash | Y! GPPWR Justin Watson, Buccaneers vs. Texans ($4,600). The other chalkiest receiver on this slate might be Breshad Perriman coming off his three-TD day, and we’re gonna take a chance and fade him. Watson should see eight-to-10 targets opposite Perriman and produce, especially in DK’s PPR scoring.WR Ishmael Hyman, Buccaneers vs. Texans ($3,000). Hyman should see a lot of looks in three-WR sets for the Buccaneers with Godwin and Scotty Miller both out, and in a game with so many points and passing yards probable for the Bucs, his minimum price will look like a steal.SATURDAY DFS: Showdown lineupslast_img read more