How was the moment of the earthquake for you? Will Graves: At the moment of the earthquake I was asleep on the bus and woke up. I noticed the bus kept swaying side to side. Because there was a snow storm going on, I thought it was the effects from that. We swayed for a couple of minutes, so I just tried to go back to sleep. When we got back to Akita, there was no power in the city. It took us an hour to travel what usually takes 10 minutes by car. As for the rest of the day, night, and next day, there was no power and no way to eat – for me, because I didn’t have the resources.
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How much was your city (Akita) affected? It wasn’t affected by the tsunami, right? Will Graves: Akita was affected because due to not having power, the grocery stores were flooded with people raking up the last of what they could. Restaurants were shut down for days and there was no food to buy from the grocery stores. Local convenient stores were the only places to eat. Well, at least for me. Power was turned back on within the next couple of days, but the food resources have not fully regained stock and service.
How hard did you consider leaving? Will Graves: I really never considered leaving because the health issues are not supposed to affect us here in Akita. This is my second chance around and if my health is not at risk, I am going to take full advantage of it. I also like being a part of the fund-raiser and being a supporter in giving help and aid for Sendai. What if the situation at the nuclear plan takes a turn for the worse? Will Graves: If the situation with the plant takes a turn for the worse, then I will maybe consider leaving, because like I said, my health is important to me.
Have you changed your day-to-day habits much? Will Graves: Yes, in some ways I’ve changed my day-to-day habits just in by where and what I eat. Nothing different as far as being outside, but there has been statements that the milk and vegetables have radiation in them. I asked the coach about where we get our crops from and he said our resources should not be affected, so I will probably resume to my normal habits again, once the grocery stores become fully stocked.
What is the plan for you career-wise once the season in Japan is over? Will Graves: Well, I am still draft eligible so hopefully there is some way I could get drafted. If not, then I will keep pursuing my dreams of the NBA in the summer circuit if possible. If that doesn’t work for next year, then I will see what my options are overseas again. But my ultimate goal is to reach the NBA.
Will Graves: Yeah, my college career didn’t end the way I wanted it to and everyone doesn’t always get to do things in the manner they pictured it being done. I grew up a Tar Heel fan, I always dreamed of going to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and I accomplished those goals. Again, I’m not happy with how everything ended and not saying I wouldn’t want to be there now, but things happen in ways we just have to bounce back and keep fighting from. Coach Williams used this quote a lot during my time there and I am living by it right now… “You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.” I am very appreciative of my opportunity at UNC, and I am definitely very appreciative of my second chance.
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