The list of Satos six languages includes English and French as well as four languages native to Africa: Gkadiri, Sango, Swahili and Yakoma.
Satos talents translate well to the basketball court. I wouldnt trade Romain for any player in the country at his position, says Xavier head coach Thad Matta, who usually prefers to converse with Sato in English.
Sato, a 2002-2003 First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection, has earned consensus 2003-2004 preseason All-American honors. Athlon Sports named him as a First Team selection, while he earned Second Team honors from Street & Smiths, Blue Ribbon College Basketball and Basketball News magazines. He is also on the preseason list of Wooden Award All-American candidates.
Sato, Xaviers leading returning scorer (at 18.1 points per game) and rebounder (at 7.1 rebounds per game), is in Philadelphia, Pa., today, Nov. 6, for the annual Atlantic 10 Conference Mens Basketball Media Day. For more information on the media-only event, which begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott, call A-10 Assistant Commissioner Ray Cella at 215 545-6678.
Sato and his Xavier teammates play their final exhibition game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center against the Upstate All-Stars.