|No. 95 – Albany Alphas|
|Species||Siberian Tiger ( Felidae )|
|The Samurai from Saga|
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||275 lb (125 kg)|
|College||Fukuoka Minami University|
|FBA draft||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Texas Lone Stars|
|Pro playing career||2016–present|
|2016-2017||Texas Lone Stars|
|2018-Dec. 2018||Plymouth Taproots|
|Dec. 2018 - present||Albany Alphas|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2021 Salary||$5 million|
|2022 Salary||$5 million|
|2023 Salary||$5 million|
|(IC) Agent||Misharu / MountMcCarthy|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Takeru Ishijima was born to Komachi and Hideo Ishijima in the city of Saga in southern Japan. Only a couple years after he was born his parents were divorced, and Takeru lived with his mother. As an only child to a divorced mother, Takeru had to help out his mother quite a bit growing up. This helped instill in him a sense of responsibility and duty from a young age. He was taught to give everything he did all of his attention and energy, and to not waste any opportunity. He took this to heart and became a very hard working boy in everything he did.
Being a very tall child, Takeru stood out among his fellow classmates in school, and it was not always in a good way. They saw his differing height and mass as strange and potentially scary, and he found it hard to make friends. Ostracization took its toll, causing him to develop an impassive and usually cold personality to protect himself emotionally. It continued like this for much of his late childhood, until he reached middle school. Noticing how his size could be advantageous, one of his classmates recommended trying basketball. While initially hesitant, since it would take up some of his time after school, but his mother encouraged him to at least try. She had hoped it would potentially make him a bit more outgoing.
With this push Takeru tried the school's basketball club. He took to the game relatively quickly, his height actually being an advantage for the sport. What really helped him begin to enjoy the sport, however, was his teammates' encouragement. They viewed Takeru as an asset to the team, and it was this social acceptance that made Takeru continue with basketball. He improved throughout middle school and even continued with it into high school, with many of the team members from his middle school. He grew more confident with his growing skill in the sport, but his social circle still remained restricted to his team.
Doing decently on his college entrance exams, he earned acceptance into Fukuoka Minami University, a public university in the neighboring city of Fukuoka. Despite some financial hardships on him and his mother, he worked hard to gain financial need scholarships in order to fund it. It was at this point in life that he realized this was the main preoccupation that interested him. So after choosing a degree in sports science, he also tried out for the basketball team. Easily making the cut due to his experience and physical attributes, he became an important member of their offense. He played with the team for all four years of his college career and proved his skills, which earned the attention of scouts from the NKBL. He was given offers from the Fukuoka Storm, the Matsuyama Warriors, and the Osaka Gold-Stars. He decided to go with the Fukuoka Storm, since they were his 'hometown' team.
After his graduation, he became a rookie with the Storm. For the next two years he played in the NKBL, the Storm being his team the entire time. He was one of the stronger members of their rookie squad, proving to be able to add offensive power and an intimidation factor to the paint. He gained a reputation in local news for his hard working and dedicated attitude, but also his stand-offish personality. However, during this time, Takeru had the nagging feeling that he could be doing more. Partway through his NKBL career he felt he might have the skill to make in the FBA, the top basketball league in the world.
He began to use the rest of his career to improve as much as he could, as well as learn english, with the hopes of entering the FBA. He put his patented work ethic to the task and began to improve over the next two years. Now twenty four years old, Takeru has decided to pursue the FBA after his rookie contract with the Fukuoka Storm expired. He is determined to see the heights that he can reach in this profession that he has come to love due to the acceptance he found in it, and he won't stop until he reaches it.
2016 - 2017 Regular Season Stats