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Rui Hachimura The First Japanese Player Selected In The 1st Round Of The NBA Draft

by | Posted on: June 21st, 2019 | No Comments |

Rui Hachimura made headlines today after being the first Japanese to get selected in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.

The Washington Wizards used its precious ninth pick to obtain the rights to sign the 21-years-old.

Hachimura is one of the big reasons how team Japan able to end their 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers in a high note after they started the tournament with four straight defeats.

Team Australia and the Iran, two of the heavyweight squads in FIBA Asia were the victims when Japan added Hachimura to their lineup.

He averaged 21.5 points and six rebounds in his four appearance with the Akatsuki Five.

Hachimura will join John Wall, Dwight Howards, Jabari Parker, Bradley Beal and the rest of the Washington squad next 2019-20 season.

Hachimura also played with Gonzaga Bulldogs during his collegiate days where he won several awards such as the 2019 WCC Player of the Year, 2019 Julius Erving Award and was named to the First team All-WCC (2018 and 2019).