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    After the FIBA OQT, Japan will be sending a B Team to the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. Roster is still pending but it will most likely be college players and young players from the B-League Division I teams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CKR13 View Post
    After the FIBA OQT, Japan will be sending a B Team to the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. Roster is still pending but it will most likely be college players and young players from the B-League Division I teams.
    Hopefully someone that our Philippine team can compete to as I dont like our chances in here..
    To becomes Asia's Best, we need to compete against the World's Best..

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    Japan NT for 38th William Jones Cup 2016

    Yuki Togashi - Chiba Jets
    Yuki Mitsuhara - Hitachi
    Ryusei Shinoyama - Toshiba
    Kengo Nomoto - Toshiba
    Takanobu Nishikawa - Hokkaido
    Kosuke Hashimoto - Link Tochigi
    Yuma Fuji - Toshiba
    Naoya Kumagae - Link Tochigi
    Yusuke Karino - Shiga Lakestars
    Yusuke Endo - Link Tochigi
    Ryuichi Kishimoto - Ryukyu Golden Kings
    Yuya Nagayoshi - Toshiba
    Shigehiro Taguichi - Akita Happinets
    Tenketsu Harimoto - Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins

    Togashi, Shinoyama, Harimoto, Hashimoto and Mitsuhara return after being cut from OQT tournament to lead the Jones Cup campaign. Team average age is 24.7 years old with Kenji Hasegawa coaching for the 3rd consecutive time since 2014.
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    Rui Hachimura currently featured in the NBA Mock Draft for 2018.
    http://www.slipperstillfits.com/2016...a-zach-collins

    PG Kai Toews is also receiving interest from Butler, Brown, Lafayette, Monmouth and Lehigh programs.

    Meanwhile, Uta Uchida has enrolled to Div 2 - Dominican University of California.

    Ryogo Sumino, currently with STM, the former prep-school of Yuta Watanabe, has yet to decide on offers.

    203cm Avi "Koki" Schafer is also looking to attend college in the United States.
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    Japan NT that will face the visiting George Washington squad that features Yuta Watanabe.

    Naoto Tsuji
    Yuki Mitsuhara
    Makoto Hiejima
    Ryusei Shinoyama
    Atsuya Ota
    Ryoma Hashimoto
    Kengo Nomoto
    Yuma Fuji
    Papemour Faye
    Daiki Tanaka
    Takatoshi Furukawa
    Naoya Kumagae
    Yusuke Endo
    Tenketsu Harimoto

    Key dates:

    Aug 13 - Tokyo
    Aug 16 - Osaka
    Aug 19 - Shizuoka
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    GW vs Japan NT game 1 today.

    Yuta Watanabe suiting up for GW and is a manifest of how we would have never made progress with his game had he turned pro in the NBL.
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    George Washington won 88-61 over Japan NT. Yuta Watanabe 15pts and 9rebs vs Japan. Japan almost had nothing going inside and their front-court. Most of the points were generated by the guards like Tsuji and Tanaka.
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    After the series vs GW where Japan lost all threw games, the team needs the following:

    Centers - Ota is very slow and was often outrebounded by younger and more athletic front-court of GW. Kota Yamamoto and Kai Morishita should have been considered. Yuya Nagayoshi is too short and unskilled.

    Two way wingers - Add a rebounding wings like Ryumo Ono or Takahiro Kurihara to join Harimoto and Mitsuhara.
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    Luka Pavicevic hot favourite to be Japan's next head coach. Talks are reportedly underway.
    "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." (George Orwell)

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    Quote Originally Posted by serbianhoops View Post
    Luka Pavicevic hot favourite to be Japan's next head coach. Talks are reportedly underway.
    Thanks for confirming this story: http://www.tvarenasport.com/vesti/ko...preuzima-japan
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    With NT head coach Kenji Hasegawa announcing his retirement, reports surfacing that Luka Pavicevic is the interim head coach for the national team.

    The JBA and B-League also announced their partnered adjustment for the FIBA Asia 2017 qualification formats and beyond:

    Essentially:

    - Monthly mini-camp for NT pool of players
    - Off-season NT training + international tournaments
    - B-League and willing to re-schedule season for NT qualifications legs
    - Joint marketing and coordination in promoting NT matches
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    JBA announced a 68 man player pool for the national team's FIBA Asia 2017 and beyond preparations. The pool consists stars of the B-League, players in the United States (Hachimura, Watanabe) and HS players that will have an active schedule for participation with the national team training camp stretched across 2017.


    First one is this mid-December and early January where 25 players are invited for each for each of the session. JBA is now forming an off-season training schedule for the NT after the B-League playoffs.

    Full list of NT pool: https://basketballking.jp/news/japan...top=newarrival
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    Japan NT select will have its first international friendly next year against the visiting Iranian national team B.

    10 February - Hokkaido Prefecture Sports Center (Time is TBA)
    11 February - Hokkaido Prefecture Sports Center (Time is TBA)
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    The following HS & College prospects practiced with the Team A training camp this week: Daniel Nana, Kohei Takahashi, Gen Hiraiwa, Natsuki Noguchi, Kai Morishita, Kiharu Ozawa, and Yusei Sugiura. Avg age are 19yrs of age for these prospects. All are big-men, in which Luca Pavicevic is addressing the big man problem of the future as early as now.

    195cm Yudai Baba although listed as SF, actually plays SG and PG.
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    Japan calls up 30 players for training camp that will be the basis for this year's EABA.
    https://basketballking.jp/news/japan...top=newarrival
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    Japan will bid for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. The island of Okinawa is the key city host.
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    Japan NT 15 players were selected this Friday and Saturday's exhibition game against Iran.
    http://www.trendingpod.com/entertain...iendlies-iran/
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    Japan will host EABA 2017 and the roster will be announced sometime in March. B-League season to conclude late in May 2017, so the national team members -- from eliminated teams can practice together.
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    In watching the split series replay of Japan vs Iran friendlies, Luka Pavicevic runs a double motion high-screen offense with the Takeuchi twins + Ira Brown helming that horns set. Both twins can shoot outside and are mobile, so it makes sense to have them roll up high and set in simultaneous fashion a high-staggered screen and an elevator screen. This allows the ball-handler to create in between panel, find a flanking shooter or shoot a mostly easy baseline shot. For Ira Brown, Pavicevic has him rolling to the basket immediately as the ball-hanlder brushes shoulder with the adjacent screener, mostly for alley-oop opportunities or have Brown in the best position to crash the glass.

    Interesting part is that Japan's top gunners Makoto Hiejima and Kosuke Kanamaru somewhat struggled in this offense setup. From years in seeing them play, both are heavy ISO players who has tunnel vision and are often distracted on how the opposing defense or the team offense develop under a screen. It can be noted that under the previous NT coach, Kenji Hasegawa utilised screen to free up Hiejima and Kanamaru to score. Under Pavicevic, he would like the ball-handlers to create opportunities by taking up the screen or start a mis-direction set when they veer on opposite floor of the screen.

    This is where Togashi excelled and its growing comfortably under the system of Pavicevic as Togashi has always been a quick reader of the offense with his quick playmaking pedigree that honed further with the Texas Legends. Togashi directed the offense well, often sizing up defenders that are caught staggered by the blind-screen and allows him to shoot his signature square up. What I would like to see Togashi develop is how he calls upon a staggered screen to develop the inverse play that comes up upon using a screen to start a misdirection; this means probing into the baseline and aligning a tri-corner in between him and the shooter as well as the re-posting big-man.

    This set of Pavlicevic makes good use of Japan's forwards: Hashimoto, Harimoto, Ono, Mitsuhara, Baba and Nagayoshi. Once Watanabe and Hachimura comes in within the near future, they will add an interesting mix of short burst drives and step away threes. Matsui and Furukawa; one of the best in Japan when it comes to catch and shoot, will also be ideal into this mix.
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    Hachimura said that he will depart late this month for the United States in order to acclimate and improve his English.

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