Web site showcases Romain Sato as a star in any language

Visitors can learn about the senior guard’s life on and off the court | November 5, 2003

Xavier All-American candidate Romain Sato truly is a star in any language. Sato, a 6-5 senior guard on the basketball team and a native of the Central African Republic, speaks six different languages. Visitors to www.starinanylanguage.com, his new web site that was launched yesterday afternoon, can learn about Sato on and off the court, learn about his home in CAR and watch video greetings from him in six different languages.

The list of Sato’s six languages includes English and French as well as four languages native to Africa: Gkadiri, Sango, Swahili and Yakoma.

Sato’s talents translate well to the basketball court. “I wouldn’t 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 & Smith’s, Blue Ribbon College Basketball and Basketball News magazines. He is also on the preseason list of Wooden Award All-American candidates.

Sato, Xavier’s 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 Men’s 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.