LOS ANGELES — J.P. Tokoto takes hour-long showers — "the longest in America," according to his roommate. He sings to himself constantly, plays loud music and overloads on chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese.
"He's the most unhealthy, physically-in-shape person I've ever met in my life," says roommate and fellow North Carolina forward Joel James.
"That's just J.P."
It's easy to forget — particularly on the eve of a UNC-Wisconsin Sweet 16 matchup — that off the court Tokoto is a normal 21-year-old with normal quirks and normal habits. But it's easy to remember that Tokoto is a Menomonee Falls, Wis., native who chose North Carolina over his state school, and now the teams are matching up against each other in the NCAA Tournament. That's what people focus on, and that's what filled the UNC locker room Wednesday in California as Tokoto fielded dozens of questions regarding his feelings on the matchup.
"It's fun. It's like back in the AAU days, the old high school days. It's great," he said. "I've been staying in touch with Sam (Dekker) a little bit and we were kind of looking forward to the matchup. Once we won the Arkansas game I got a text from him. Once they won their game he got a text back from me."