After reaching the Final Four for the first time in franchise history in May, the Shiga Lakestars are tweaking their roster.
Forward Terrance Woodbury, an NBA Development League veteran who averaged a team-high 18.3 points during the 2014-15 campaign, won’t return for the upcoming season, the Lakestars announced on Monday.
A day later, Shiga revealed it has signed 193-cm guard Kejuan Johnson for the 2015-16 season, the bj-league’s 11th and final campaign before the launch of the Japan Professional Basketball League (JPBL) in October 2016.
In April, Johnson was named the bj-league regular-season MVP after leading the Sendai 89ers to a 37-15 record and a playoff berth. The Long Beach State product leaves the 89ers after establishing credentials as a dynamic playmaker at both ends of the floor. He was the league’s top scorer (23.8 points per game) and was third overall in assists (4.9). He also finished No. 1 in steals (2.8).
What’s more, Johnson converted 54.1 percent of his shots from inside the 3-point arc.
The 30-year-old will join forward Jeff Parmer, a former league MVP with the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, to lead the Lakestars under second-year bench boss Koto Toyama.
“It’s an honor for me and my family and we are proud to represent the Lakestars,” Johnson said in a team-issued statement.
Staying put: Do-it-all forward Richard Roby, an integral part of the Akita Northern Happinets’ back-to-back championship runnerup finishes, is returning to the Tohoku-based club for a third season.
Akita made the announcement on Wednesday.
Roby, who turns 30 in September, starred at the University of Colorado before turning pro. The athletic veteran was one of the bj-league’s top all-around performers last season. He finished in the top 10 in four categories: points (20.0, third), assists (4.3, sixth), steals (2.3, third) and blocks (1.1, 10th).
“I’m very excited to be signing back (with) Akita,” Roby said in a statement. “Akita has been like a second home to me and my family. I really want to do all I can to bring a championship to Akita …”
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