Illustration by Foxenawolf
|No. 32 – Restricted Free Agent|
|Species||Siberian Tiger ( Felidae )|
August 21, 1983|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|FBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Idaho Mounties|
|Pro playing career||2008–present|
|2010-Nov 2011||Spokane Rapids|
|Nov 2011-Oct 2012||Dakota Bikers|
|Oct 2012-Mar 2013||Spokane Rapids|
|Mar 2013-Apr 2013||Albany Alphas|
|Apr 2013-Oct 2013||Galveston Sand Dollars|
|Oct 2013-2014||Hawaii Kahunas|
|(OOC) Creator||Nekka Yaca|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Ryota Akanishi (Siberian Tiger, born August 23, 1983) is a professional basketball player currently playing for the Seattle Summit of the FBA.
Ryota Akanishi was born in Okinawa, Japan on August 23, 1983. The son of two merchants, Akanishi lived a fairly well off life to start his childhood. His mother and father both provided young Ryota with the best education money could buy and the young man took to school better then most his age. As he grew older, Ryota found that not only was he blessed with strong intellect, but was also quite the looker during his high school days. His smile had an innocence to it, even is Akanishi wasn't always the most innocent man in the room. Part of his charm was his athletic physic, which came about from his track and field background.
As he prepared to head to college, Ryota had a rather large growth spurt, growing nearly 6 inches between stat of his senior year and the begiining of his freshman year of college. Now standing 6'4 and weighing close to 190 pounds, every head coach at his university attempted to recruit it him to various sporting events. At the end of it all, Akanishi knew basketball was by far the largest at the school and it would give him the chance to do something else he loved. Travel.
Ryota had taken his summers to explore other parts of Asia, Europe and even headed down under for a short time. The ability to digest new cultures and see vastly different architecture then he found in Japan was an incredible rush for him. There was a short time he considered giving up sports completely to travel the world full time. However, when the Japanese national team approached him about playing for them in the Olympics, Ryota accepted immediately as the honor it would bestow upon his family would be exponential. After his time training with the best players in Japan, Ryota decided to stay there after he graduated, playing professionally in the countries own league for a few years. He began to generate buzz in the states as teams sent scouts to see Akanishi personally and in 2008, he was finally persuaded to enter the draft.
The Idaho Mounties made him the 18th overall pick that year, but as Ryota would soon find out, the American game was vastly different then how they played in Japan. From the moment he stepped onto the court, the players were bigger, faster and more skilled then any he had faced outside of the Olympics. Even the most average of players gave him trouble to start, but Ryota played to his strengths, relying on his athleticism and hustle to contribute any way he could. He began to find a role on the Mounties, offering energy and effort, though often times being ridiculed as a first round pick that didn't always stuff the stat sheet.
Finally, he was shipped to the Spokane Rapids, beginning what would be a dizzying bounce through the league, never spending more then 6 months with a team before he finally landing on his feet with the expansion Kahunas in October of 2013. He was shipped there in a deal with Galveston Sand Dollars, but moved on after at the end of the season. He signed with one of his former clubs, the Spokane Rapids, who had just relocated to Seattle. He continues to struggle with putting up much in the stat sheet, but Ryota has found a way to contribute off the bench as a hustle player that gives it his all, even if it doesn't show up in his numbers. He's also thrilled to be experience America and has fallen in love with how much of the country he has seen during his career.
Little known fact, Ryota was given the nickname "Stripes" in Idaho because many players and commentators struggled to say his name properly during broadcasts and interviews.
2013 - 2014 Regular Season Stats
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