Japanese basketball phenom Yuta Watanabe is currently back in Japan, using the break between semesters at George Washington University to spend some cherished time with his family and friends. He's also stayed busy working out and keeping up with media appearances.

During an interview with The Japan Times in Tokyo last week, Watanabe said he returned to his native Kagawa Prefecture in early May. He said that he enjoyed his spare time with his compatriots back home, but also tried not to lose too much physically.

"I've been to Jinsei Gakuen (High School) and joined their practices and stuff," he said of his alma mater. "When they've had (training) regimens I couldn't participate in, I've been in the weight room."