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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:

Hannaryz rebound to beat Sunrockers

Feb 26, 2017

Hannaryz rebound to beat Sunrockers

Desire fueled the Kyoto Hannaryz’s bounce-back win over the Sunrockers Shibuya on Sunday. For Kyoto, this fierce determination produced more points, more rebounds and more big plays at both ends of the court in the Hannaryz’s feisty 79-75 decision over the Sunrockers at Aoyama ...

Hill has high hopes for Yao in new role as CBA president

Feb 24, 2017

Hill has high hopes for Yao in new role as CBA president

Longtime NBA coach Bob Hill welcomed Yao Ming’s unanimous appointment this week as the Chinese Basketball Association’s new president. In fact, Hill, who has worked as a technical consultant for the Taiwan men’s national team in recent years, hailed the move. “Yao is an ...

Brex use late rally to beat Alvark

Feb 22, 2017

Brex use late rally to beat Alvark

In a display of poise and focus, the Tochigi Brex rallied past the Alvark Tokyo on Wednesday night in the B. League. In the final 24 seconds, Takatoshi Furukawa and Ryan Rossiter made clutch shots to lead the Brex to a dramatic 77-76 win ...

Veteran Parker leads Jets past Diamond Dolphins

Feb 19, 2017

Veteran Parker leads Jets past Diamond Dolphins

For more than a decade in Japan, versatile forward Michael Parker has played an exciting, high-energy brand of all-around basketball. His arrival a few weeks into the 2007-08 season gave the Rizing Fukuoka a big spark at both ends of the floor, helping lead ...

Hachimura biding his time with top-ranked Gonzaga

| Feb 18, 2017

Hachimura biding his time with top-ranked Gonzaga

The Gonzaga University men’s basketball team is having a remarkable season — one of the best seasons in U.S. college basketball history. And freshman reserve forward Rui Hachimura has been along for the magical ride. It’s a taste of the big time early in ...

Kanamaru sparks SeaHorses in rout of Levanga

Feb 17, 2017

Kanamaru sparks SeaHorses in rout of Levanga

The SeaHorses Mikawa delivered an impressive all-around performance, hammering the visiting Levanga Hokkaido 89-72 on Friday night. The title-chasing SeaHorses (27-8) shot 50.7 percent from the field. Sharpshooter Kosuke Kanamaru led the hosts’ high-performance offensive output, putting 33 points on the board. Kanamaru made ...