Updated: Apr 1
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present JD Tsasa, of Chameleon BX:
Pro Insight: In what ways do you feel like your understanding of the game has grown?
JD Tsasa: I’ve become more mentally inclined due to studying the game and figuring out all of the angles on the basketball court.
PI: Do you feel nervous on the court or are you locked in?
JD: I’m pretty comfortable. I’m pretty laid back within the game. I play as hard as I can but I also know what I’m doing.
PI: What are/were some of the hardest aspects about learning basketball for you?
JD: The footwork involved. I know it’s going to take time. I still need to work on it but I know that training this year is really going to get me to where I need to be.
PI: Talk a little bit about how and why you started playing basketball.
JD: I actually started playing basketball when I was 12. I was motivated by players such as: Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. I tried to replicate their games, just messing around at the Boys and Girls Club. Eventually, I got serious with it.
PI: Describe your game — what are your greatest strengths?
JD: I’m a great shooter and a great defender. I know how to use my length over taller defenders.
PI: What are your biggest areas for improvement?
JD: Defending guards that are much faster than me. I need to know how to use my feet against them.
PI: How has graduating high school early either helped or hurt your basketball development?
JD: It has definitely helped me because now I can spend more time focusing on my craft.
PI: What was so appealing about joining Chameleon BX over possible college or pro options?
JD: Frank Matrisciano works with many NBA players and many NBA coaches. He’s had many success stories and I believe that I can also be one.
PI: You’re scheduled to start training with Chameleon BX in June 2020 — what have you been doing in the meantime as far as training?
JD: Frank has been sending me training that I have been doing on my own. I have also been training at Dream City Christian with MarJon Beauchamp. I have trained with Eddie Johnson a few times as well.
PI: You’re known to be a talented piano player — what type of music do you like to play?
JD: I play classical and jazz.
PI: Do you play other instruments?
JD: I played french horn, trumpet and flute.
PI: What are your musical goals?
JD: I would like to become a professional pianist and eventually play on big stages such as Carnegie Hall.
PI: In a perfect world, if you had the choice to either be a successful professional basketball player or a successful musician, what would you choose?
JD: That’s a tough question. Probably a basketball player because that would open the door for my music.
PI: Talk a little bit about your background — how many siblings do you have?
JD: I am an only child. I have lived in Arizona for about 8 years. I moved here from Colorado.
PI: What is your daily schedule like?
JD: Wake up, eat breakfast, go to the gym to put up shots, come back home to get some rest. Then I’d go lift and have a training session with a coach.