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.

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Jets sign former Eastern Kentucky standout Nick Mayo

Basketball / B. League Jul 20, 2019

Jets sign former Eastern Kentucky standout Nick Mayo

Power forward Nick Mayo will begin his pro career with the Chiba Jets Funabashi, the two-time B. League championship runner-up squad announced on Friday. Mayo starred for Eastern Kentucky University over the past four years. He is the program's all-time leading scorer (2,316 career points). "I ...

Summer League players help boost NBA abroad

Basketball / NBA Jul 13, 2019

Summer League players help boost NBA abroad

After an NBA Board of Governors meeting earlier this week, commissioner Adam Silver addressed the media, and that gathering in New York included an assessment of the rise in Japanese players during the ongoing NBA Summer League. The commissioner also commented on the positive impact ...

Evessa bring back former coach Kensaku Tennichi

Basketball / B. League Jun 27, 2019

Evessa bring back former coach Kensaku Tennichi

In an attempt to resurrect the franchise and usher in a new glory era, the Osaka Evessa have hired former bench boss Kensaku Tennichi. The Evessa confirmed what's been expected for weeks on Thursday, announcing the move on their website. Tennichi guided the Evessa to a ...

Rui Hachimura's marketability already evident

Basketball / NBA Jun 25, 2019

Rui Hachimura's marketability already evident

Rui Hachimura's rise to national icon didn't happen overnight. But he's now a household name throughout the Japanese archipelago — and this is only the beginning. The 2019-20 NBA season is still months away. Hachimura, a first-round draft pick (No. 9 overall) of the Washington Wizards ...