|Position||Small Forward/Point Guard|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 26|
|Anime Debut||Episode 13|
|Japanese Voice||Hochu Otsuka|
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Akira Sendoh (仙道 彰 Sendō Akira) is Ryonan's ace and is considered one of the top players in Kanagawa.
Sendoh is known to be an easygoing and optimistic person. He usually doesn't take much of anything seriously but when it comes to basketball, he seems to enjoy accepting challenges, mostly on 1 on 1 games.
An easygoing person; Sendoh usually has a smile on his face whether on-court or off. He can be lazy at times and has a reputation for arriving late to practice sessions and matches. His tardiness is tolerated though, because of his abilities on the basketball court. One of his hobbies is fishing, and he has a taste for lemons. His teammates trust him wholeheartedly, firmly believing that he can lead Ryonan to victory even if they are trailing.
Sendoh's all-round skills and basketball intelligence are repeatedly displayed throughout the series. He is capable of playing a 1 on 1 style of play like Rukawa. In manga chapter 177, "Scoring Machine", Ryonan forward Ryoji Ikegami recalls Sendoh's 47-point performance as a rookie and calls him an unstoppable 'scoring machine'.
Sendoh changed his play style in his sophomore year as he accumulated more experience and knowledge of the game of basketball. Sendoh understands how to utilize his teammates effectively. Sendoh can play Point Guard position, but can also transform himself into a deadly scorer when the game is on the line. With this style of play, he can be considered as a Point Forward. He also has the ability to make 3 point plays while drawing a foul from defenders as seen against Miyagi and Akagi.
Sendoh and Rukawa are similar in skill level, but during a 1 on 1 matchup, Sendoh can easily get by Rukawa and score under his nose. During their second meeting, Sendoh continued to show that he can control the flow of a game.
Prior to the IH tournament, Rukawa went to Ryonan High to challenge Sendoh to another game of 1 on 1 after Coach Anzai mentioned that he had to yet to match Sendoh's level. The two played til dusk and their game ended in a tie. Sendoh commented after that Rukawa plays the same way whether it is in an organized game or in a 1 on 1 and that he has yet to maximize his full potential as a player.
Maki is known to be the strongest player in Japan for Kainan having 17 consecutive wins in Kanagawa Region. Uozumi believes that he cannot defeat Maki but Sendoh is able to surpass him. When Uozumi fouled out, Sendoh led the game in his absence. He then went head-on against Maki and matched him effectively despite the pressure he was under, ending the second half in a tie. Overtime is called, but the game ended in a loss without Uozumi.
Although only briefly mentioned in the series, Sendoh could not win against Sawakita during middle school. He isn't able to remember his name clearly, as he inadvertently told Rukawa that his name was "Kitasawa."
Anime and Manga Differences
The anime had a filler episode in which members of Shoyo visited Shohoku's gym before they went to the Inter High tournament. Since the team went for a practice game, Shoyo members Fujima and Hanagata and Ryonan's Uozumi and Ikegami joined their practice. Aida, Hikoichi's sister, looked for Sendoh, who was busy fishing, to join the game. He was the last player to join, and went one on one again against Rukawa.
- Sendoh forgot the player he can't win against during middle school. He thought his name is Kitasawa, who is actually Sawakita.
- Sendoh is the first player that appeared to truly be a match for Maki, as he even stopped from blocking Sendoh when he was dunking at the end of the second half of their game. He realized Sendoh was going to win by having him commit a defense foul, thus overturning the game at the last second.
- While Maki is based on Magic Johnson, Sendoh may likely be based on NBA legend Penny Hardaway, as they both make talented point guards in spite of their height. They both share the same friendly attitude and a great abiltity as playmakers and leaders.