Guard Yuki Togashi has signed a contract with the Dinamo Sassari of the Italian Serie A, the club announced Wednesday.
According to Togashi’s agent So Kamoshida, the 167-cm Togashi signed a training camp contract and will have to battle for a spot on the team’s opening-day roster.
Sassari, founded in 1960, captured its first Serie A title last season and earned Italian Cup championships in 2014 and 2015. The city is located in the northern part of the island of Sardinia.
Kamoshida said that Sassari was the first European team to show interest in Togashi, a 22-year-old former bj-league star who is known for his quickness.
The 2015-16 Serie A season will tip off in early October and Togashi is expected to leave Japan later this month to participate in Dinamo’s training camp in September.
That means that the native of Niigata Prefecture will have to depart from the Japan provisional national team, which is currently training for the FIBA Asia Championship, which will be held Sept. 23-Oct. 3, in Changsha, China.
Hayabusa Japan is scheduled to play a trio of games in Chiba and Tokyo this weekend and Kamoshida said that Togashi is expected to participate in the games.
Kamoshida said that Togashi, who last played for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League but had his 2014-15 season cut short due to an ankle injury, felt fortunate to receive the offer from the Italian squad and knows that it’s a big opportunity for his career.
Togashi, a graduate of Montrose Christian High School of Maryland, averaged 8.3 points in 25 contests for the Legends. Before joining the Legends, he competed for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Togashi played for the bj-league’s Akita Northern Happinets for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaigns. He was the All-Star Game MVP in his second season in the league and led the circuit in assists (7.9 per game) and averaged 15.6 points during the regular season, too.
“His ultimate goal is to play in the NBA, but considering the reality, he hasn’t played in it and by playing for a top club in Europe, it’ll be a plus for him (to achieve it),” Kamoshida told The Japan Times by phone.
Dinamo will open its Serie A season against the Vanoli Cremona on Oct. 4 and Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul on Oct. 15.
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