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Catching up with ProCanes: Tonye Jekiri

Tonye Jekiri
Bandirma Kirmizi (Turkey)


What do you miss most about Miami basketball?
What I miss most about Miami basketball is the brotherhood and relationships I had with my teammates each year.

Who do you still keep in contact with from The U?
I keep in contact with a lot of guys like Angel Rodriguez, Ebuka Izundu, Garrius Adams, DeQuan Jones, Sheldon Mac and a lot more.

How has your life changed since going pro?
A big change since I started my pro career is my approach of working with guys who have been playing pro ball for years before me and are adjusting really quick to details, and taking care of my body.

What was the first thing you bought after receiving your first paycheck?
The first thing I bought was dress clothes and shoes.

What is your pregame meal like?
My pre-game meal is to have pasta and chicken like the Miami way.

Are there any veterans that have helped you along the way?
Yes, I had a lot of veterans who helped me understand the European style of play, as well as my post game.

What is the difference between overseas ball and ACC basketball?
The difference I will say is breaking down game films and the physicality. I think the ACC really gets you prepared and tougher.

What is the adjustment like living in another country?
Adjustments were not easy, especially with spoken languages. Few people speak and understand English. Also, the food.

What are some things that Coach L taught you that have helped you in your professional career?
Always having a good attitude towards everything and everyone you work with.

What did your time at Miami teach you?
My time in Miami taught me a lot of how to always be professional, have class and [that I am] representing the program no matter where I go.