Get to Know an Eagle: Interview with PCC’s James Shodimu
There are a lot of exceptional PCC athletes. One of them is James Shodimu. If you ever get a chance to meet James, you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity. James was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a 6'3" sophomore guard for the Eagles basketball team. I had the opportunity to sit down with James and ask him a few questions about his hometown and college experience.
Q: What is your hometown like?
A: Lagos is a big city with twenty million people. It’s crazy, and I live right in the city.
Q: What do you miss the most about Lagos?
A: I think the food. We have a dish called Jollof rice, which is my favorite food.
Q: What’s your birth name?
A: It’s actually Tunde (Pronounced Toon-day). Yeah, Tunde is what everyone calls me back home.
Q: What’s your major?
Q: What do you want to do after graduation?
A: Get a job as a financial analyst. Something that will let me get me some money. I will probably work in the US, but eventually, I want to go back to Nigeria.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do besides basketball?
A: I like to listen to music.
Q: Do you model your game after an NBA player?
A: Oh yeah, Russell Westbrook. I like the way he plays every game. He comes into the game with a lot of energy.
Q: Do you have any pregame rituals?
A: My pregame ritual is praying and eating Skittles before every game.
Q: What part of your game do you want to improve on the most this season?
A: Cutting down on my turnovers.
Q: What’s the hardest part about playing basketball for the Eagles?
A: For me, it’s just the balance between schoolwork, playing games, and practice.
Q: What’s the best part?
A: I get to represent the school and get the school’s name out there. And just share one goal with my teammates. It’s pretty cool.
James is a valuable player on the court and a humble person off of it. If you get an opportunity to watch James play this season, do it. You won’t regret it! The Eagles first home game will be on Saturday, November 3, at 3 pm.12