Julio Lamas has assumed the head coaching position for the Japan men's national squad, the Japan Basketball Association officially announced on Thursday.

Lamas guided the Argentina men's national team to a bronze- medal finish at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. He is currently the head coach for Argentina club San Lorenzo de Almagro and is scheduled to arrive in Japan between the end of June and early July, depending on how far his club advances in the league's playoffs.

The terms of Lamas' contract were not disclosed, but JBA technical director Tomoya Higashino said that the national governing body for the sport hopes he will coach through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.