The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Josh Peppers of the Iwate Big Bulls is the subject of this week’s profile.

Noteworthy: Since 2007, Peppers has played for five bj-league franchises (Rizing Fukuoka, Sendai 89ers, Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, Shiga Lakestars and Iwate, which he joined this fall after a second stint with Fukuoka last season). . . . Peppers is averaging 12.3 points in 44 games. He is one of the top backup players for the Big Bulls, who are 32-12 through Sunday, including 18-6 at home. An efficient scorer, Peppers has maximized his minutes for Iwate; his offensive output is coming from 20.2 minutes a game. . . . That’s been one of the trademarks of his hoops career. Exhibit A: In his first game for UCF as a freshman, Peppers scored 11 points in 23 minutes.

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