The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Wendell White of the Sendai 89ers is the subject of this week’s profile.

Noteworthy: White was named the bj-league’s regular-season MVP for the 2009-10 season, when he averaged 22.0 points per game for the league champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa. Since then, he has starred for the Kyoto Hannaryz, Oita HeatDevils, Hamamatsu (again) and now provides a leadership and major-impact role for the 89ers. Through Sunday, White was averaging 20.9 ppg, No.2 in the league. He also represented the 89ers in the All-Star Game on Jan. 26 in Akita, scoring 14 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out six assists.

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