Next Up Canada: Iowa Recruit Chris Tadjo ready to make instant impact at D1 level

Committed to play for Iowa and Coach Fran McCaffery this upcoming fall, top Canadian recruit in the 2024 class Chris Tadjo is ready to have an immediate impact. The 6’8 athletic specimen is a tenacious competitor who is focused on becoming the best basketball player & student-athlete possible. The NBA Academy product looks to follow fellow Quebecers Ben Mathurin & Olivier Maxence-Prosper on a similar path of going from Quebec to NBA Academy to NCAA D1 to the NBA.
Got a chance to speak with Chris, as he looks to introduce himself to a rabid college basketball fanbase. I’m confident the fans, coaching staff, and program as a whole are going to love what they see from Chris the moment he steps on campus.

Q: Tell me about where you grew up and when you started playing basketball

A: I grew up in Ivory Coast and I started playing basketball 2 years after I arrived in Canada.

Q: How has your experience with NBA Academy been and what are some of the biggest things you’ve learned?

A: My experience here at the NBA Academy is awesome. One of the biggest things I learned here at the academy is that never let somebody take your confidence away because nothing is given.

Q: Going into Iowa, what are you most looking forward to? What can the fans expect to see from you?

A: Going into Iowa, I’m looking forward to the variety of resources I have not only basketball wise but most importantly school. Obviously trying be the best.

Q: Which players do you try to model your game after if any?

A: I try to model my game after Bam Adebayo.

Q: What would you say is your best skill on the court?

A: My best skills on the court are my killer instinct, defence and rebounding. (Board man gets paid!)

Q: This summer what part of your game will you work on the most?

A: This summer i will be working on my ball handling and shooting

Q: Lastly, what would you tell the young hoopers from Quebec who want to get where you are?

A: Young hoopers from MTL , believe in yourselves and your dreams, anything is possible! But don’t forget to put in the work every day, this is the only path to success.

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