GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. After months of pro days, NBA team workouts, contract negotiations, former CMU men’s basketball center, Ryan Stephan has signed to play professional basketball overseas.
He'll be bringing his talents to Japan, joining a developmental team based in Tokyo.
Although he was initially leaning towards signing with Croatia, Stephan says this Japanese team became a player almost out of nowhere, and they offered him some unique opportunities that were just too good to pass up.
Ryan says he expects the transition on the court to be a smooth one. It’s the culture shock that's got him a little nervous.
But when everything said and done, he’s just excited to start this new chapter of his basketball career.
“No, I’m extremely nervous. I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t. I think it’ll be ok, especially being in the city of Tokyo, and you know, it’s not like a travel destination, but a big city, a lot of different types of people going through there. Having a couple guys that I know, that I actually met when I was out in California, that have played in this league and are currently playing in this league, say really really great things about it, so I was pretty much sold, pretty quickly,” said Ryan Stephan.