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 ...

Wizards welcome Rui Hachimura

Basketball / NBA Jun 22, 2019

Wizards welcome Rui Hachimura

Washington Wizards fans can expect to see Rui Hachimura "play hard" every time he takes the floor, the NBA team's first-round draft pick said Friday. Fronting the media for his introductory press conference at Washington's Capital One Arena, the NBA's ninth overall pick said he ...

Rui Hachimura excites draft experts

Basketball / NBA Jun 8, 2019

Rui Hachimura excites draft experts

by Ed Odeven

Mark your calendars. June 20 is the day that officially puts Japan on the global basketball map like never before. The reason? The 2019 NBA Draft will forever change Rui Hachimura's life and, possibly, perceptions about Japanese basketball players. The dynamic former Gonzaga University forward appears to be ...

Rui Hachimura leaving Gonzaga University for the NBA

Basketball / NBA Apr 16, 2019

Rui Hachimura leaving Gonzaga University for the NBA

by Ed Odeven

After a dynamic junior season, Gonzaga University forward Rui Hachimura has decided to turn pro. The Toyama Prefecture native declared for the 2019 NBA Draft on Monday. The early-entry deadline for players to announce their intentions to enter the draft is Sunday. Hachimura is projected to ...