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The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Joe Chapman of the Bambitious Nara is the subject of this week’s profile.

Noteworthy: Chapman played for Marquette during the Milwaukee-based school’s memorable run to the 2003 Final Four, an experience he describes below. The veteran backcourt player suited up for pro teams in Colombia, Mexico, Czech Republic and Chile before joining the British Basketball League’s Newcastle Eagles, for whom he played from 2009-13. . . . This season, Chapman is averaging a team-high 16.0 points in 42 games for Nara. He leads the team in 3-pointers made (126) and is second in assists (136) and minutes played (1,404). He scored a season-high 30 points on Dec. 28 against the Toyama Grouses. . . . Playing for Newcastle, he was the BBL’s 2011-12 MVP after averaging 20.2 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 36 games, while shooting 55 percent from inside the arc and 39 percent from 3-point range.

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