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Ed Odeven

Ed Odeven covers primarily basketball for The Japan Times. He reported on a wide range of sports from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Summer Games for this newspaper. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Odeven is a graduate of Arizona State University. He previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, Ariz., reporting on high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic sports (Flagstaff is a major international Olympic training site due to its high elevation) and writing a weekly column. His articles have appeared in Venezuela Online News, The Gleaner (Jamaica), the Monitor (Uganda), The Moscow Times, Swimming World Magazine and numerous other publications.

For Ed Odeven's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tohoku Cup offers fans early treat

| Jul 28, 2016

Tohoku Cup offers fans early treat

An annual tradition is growing. The Tohoku Cup, now in its fifth year, is a preseason event set up to help teams get prepared for the upcoming season. It has become a key testing ground for players as they get ready for the long ...

Jul 22, 2016

George Washington launches probe of hoop coach

Just months after then-sophomore Yuta Watanabe, a rising star, and the George Washington men’s basketball team captured the National Invitation Tournament title in New York, Colonials players have made allegations of abuse by coach Mike Lonergan, as reported Thursday by The Washington Post. The ...

Toyama inks point producer Okada

| Jul 21, 2016

Toyama inks point producer Okada

The Toyama Grouses have boosted their roster with the addition of shooting guard Yu Okada as they prepare for their first season as a B. League first-division squad. Toyama made the announcement on its website on Wednesday. The Grouses earned a championship runner-up finish ...

Fate of stats from former leagues uncertain

| Jul 14, 2016

Fate of stats from former leagues uncertain

Should statistical records from the bj-league, the JBL and its successor (NBL), the JBL2 and its successor (NBDL) be kept handy and recited frequently for the B. League? Or should the accomplishments of players and teams in Japan’s men’s basketball circuits be stored away ...

Jul 9, 2016

Ex-Fukushima stars Jones, Nash make Las Vegas Summer League debuts

Two former Fukushima Firebonds standouts made their 2016 NBA Las Vegas Summer League debuts on Friday night. Guard Verdell Jones III, who played college ball at Indiana University, had a team-best 12 points with three rebounds, three assists and a block for the NBA ...

Kawachi takes role with new league

| Jul 7, 2016

Kawachi takes role with new league

For 11 seasons, Toshimitsu Kawachi was the face of the bj-league. As the only commissioner in league history, he was the front man for the league’s growth from six teams in the 2005-06 season to 24 clubs this past season as well as its ...

Memories all that remain of bj-league

| Jul 2, 2016

Memories all that remain of bj-league

First in a two-part series Six weeks after the bj-league’s final game, it’s now a good time to dust the cobwebs off the memory bank . . . Hoop Scoop chronicled the highlights and lowlights of the final 10 seasons of the bj-league’s wild ...