"When he came here, I came to the [CBA]. When I was there, I heard about him," said Tomaic, the first player from the Canary Islands to play for a top-25 Division I men's basketball program. "People were talking about him, and Rob [Orellana], the director, would talk about him sometimes. Having a CBA guy in here, it was like, 'We have a little code or something.' We know how things worked over here. It was kind of feeling a little bit happy knowing that someone has been in the same place as you."