Rui Hachimura takes first NBA steps at Wizards minicamp

Basketball / NBA Jun 26, 2019

Rui Hachimura takes first NBA steps at Wizards minicamp

Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese player selected in the opening round of the NBA draft, embarked on his professional basketball career Tuesday on the first day of the Washington Wizards' mini-camp. The 21-year-old, who was claimed by the Wizards with the ninth pick on Thursday ...

Basketball Nov 12, 2016

Watanabe scores 18 in season debut

George Washington junior Yuta Watanabe shined in the school's season opener, scoring 18 points and grabbing six rebounds in the Colonials' 75-71 win on Friday night over the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. Watanabe sank 10 of 12 free throws and drained 2 of 3 3-pointers. ...

Japanese men search for ways to improve

Basketball Sep 5, 2016

Japanese men search for ways to improve

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Even when you possess elite skills, physicality and elaborate Xs and Os, if you don't have a burning desire to win, you'll just waste those gifts. That's one of the concerns of Japan men's national basketball team head coach Kenji Hasegawa. "Physicality, height, the skill to ...

Hachimura cleared to enroll at Gonzaga

Basketball May 11, 2016

Hachimura cleared to enroll at Gonzaga

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japanese basketball standout Rui Hachimura announced on Wednesday that he has met the academic requirements to enroll at Gonzaga University and could begin playing for the school's basketball team as early as this fall. Hachimura, who committed to the Bulldogs last year, said that he ...

Gonzaga alumni sure Hachimura making right choice

Basketball Dec 7, 2015

Gonzaga alumni sure Hachimura making right choice

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Basketball phenom Rui Hachimura is headed to the United States to play for the Gonzaga University Bulldogs, the most prestigious college program a Japanese player will have ever suited up for. There will be challenges both on and off the court once Hachimura lands stateside, ...