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    From the Universiade team under the 2020 program, three tall players were in attendance to join the 45 man player pool:

    Kota Yamamoto 204cm
    Kai Morishita 205cm
    Natsuki Noguchi 202cm
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    29 player Japan NT named:
    http://www.trendingpod.com/entertain...ng-tournament/

    Yuta Tabuse – Link Tochigi Brex
    Atsuya Ota – Hamamatsu Phoenix
    Takumi Ishizaki – Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins
    Kosuke Takeuchi – Hiroshima Dragonflies
    Joji Takeuchi – Hitachi SunRockerz
    Kenta Hirose – Hitachi SunRockerz
    Keijuro Matsui – Toyota Alvark
    Fumio Nishimura – Chiba Jets
    Gaku Arao – Chiba Jets
    Faye Papemour – Niigata Albirex
    Takatoshi Furukawa – Link Tochigi Brex
    Ryumo Ono – Chiba Jets
    Hironori Watanabe – Link Tochigi Brex
    Ryoma Hashimoto – Aisin SeaHorses
    Ryusei Shinoyama – Toshiba Brave Thunder
    Kosuke Kanamaru – Aisin SeaHorses
    Naoto Tsuji – Toshiba Brave Thunder
    Yuki Mitsuhara – Hitachi SunRockerz
    Shigehiro Taguchi – Akita Northern Happinets
    Makoto Hiejima – Aisin SeaHorses
    Naoya Kumagae – Link Tochigi Brex
    Yuya Nagayoshi – Toshiba Brave Thunder
    Daiki Tanaka – Toyota Alvark
    Tenketsu Harimoto – Toyota Alvark
    Kosuke Hashimoto – Link Tochigi Brex
    Yuki Togashi – Chiba Jets
    Yuta Watanabe – George Washington University
    Yudai Baba – Tsukuba University
    Rui Hachimura – Mesei Highschool
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    Rui Hachimura is also a member of the U18 FIBA Asia player pool. Either Japan tries to accelerate his growth my allocating him into the seniors pool and thereby skipping the U18 tournament or have Hachimura lead the U18 NT after several practice sessions with the senior team.

    Also, Japan will have a friendly against France in Rouen, June 28.
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    Japan U18 AST roster.
    http://www.basketball-bund.de/ligen-...ast-2016-japan

    Team is composed of mainly the 2014 U16, which is now the U18 Japan. Avi Schafer has a good feel of the game at 203cm yet needs to work on his agility and finishing in the post. Kota Yamamoto is looking like another version of Gen Hiraiwa.
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    Next year when the B-League launches, I am hoping names such as Masaya Karimata, Tatsuya Suzuki, Masashi Joho, Tatsu Itaruya and Takehiko Shimura gets called up with the regular NBL ones.
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    NT press conference

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    Interesting article from the FIBA website about Japan's "up-tempo" strategy they plan to employ in Belgrade.

    http://www.fiba.com/oqt/serbia/2016/...to-go-up-tempo

    Kudos to Japan for thinking outside the box, but in order to win at up-tempo basketball they have to be in excellent physical shape, they're outside shooting collectively as to be Curryesque, and they have to somehow minimize turnovers. Even at that, it's going to be a tough task going up against Latvia, Czech Rep. and then potentially Serbia on the other side of the pool.

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    Rui Hachimura spoke to the press about his formal entry into the Gonzaga program. Hachimura said that he will depart late this month for the United States in order to acclimate and improve his English.

    His OQT partcipation is unclear at the moment.
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    Final training camp for Japan begins 6/8 - 6/12 before flying to China to participate in the Atlas Challenge Cup. Aisin and Toshiba players may opt to rest so Japan could be without Kanamaru, Hashimoto, Hiejima and Tsuji for the Atlas tournament.
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    Japan NT now down to sixteen players:
    http://www.trendingpod.com/entertain...-team-sixteen/

    Yuta Tabuse (Link Tochigi Brex), Naoto Tsuji (Toshiba), Makoto Hiejima (Aisin), Ryusei Shinoyama (Toshiba), Atsuya Ota (Hamamatsu Phoenix), Kosuke Takeuchi (Hiroshima), Ryoma Hashimoto (Aisin), Yuta Watanabe (George Washington), Kosuke Kanamaru (Aisin), Joji Takeuchi (Hitachi), Keijuro Matsui (Toyota), Daiki Tanaka (Toyota), Takatoshi Furukawa (Link Tochigi Brex), Ryumo Ono (Chiba), Papemour Faye (Niigata Albirex) and Kenta Hirose (Hitachi).
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    Yuta Watanabe's George Washington will visit Japan in August and play a B National Team selection.

    Aug 13 - Tokyo
    Aug 16 - Osaka
    Aug 19 - Shizuoka

    I think Watanabe will suit up for his school.
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    Japan has announced the 12 finalists for OQT Belgrade: http://www.trendingpod.com/entertain...-belgrade-oqt/

    Japan NT: Yuta Tabuse (Link Tochigi), Kosuke Takeuchi (Hiroshima), Joji Takeuchi (Hitachi), Atsuya Ota (Hamamatsu), Kenta Hirose (Link Tochigi), Keijuro Matsui (Toyota), Takatoshi Furukawa (Link Tochigi), Ryumo Ono (Chiba), Ryoma Hashimoto (Aisin), Naoto Tsuji (Toshiba), Makoto Hiejima (Aisin) and Yuta Watanabe (George Washington).

    Tanaka and Kanamaru were the biggest cuts, the two best shooting guards in Japan due to injuries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CKR13 View Post
    Japan has announced the 12 finalists for OQT Belgrade: http://www.trendingpod.com/entertain...-belgrade-oqt/

    Japan NT: Yuta Tabuse (Link Tochigi), Kosuke Takeuchi (Hiroshima), Joji Takeuchi (Hitachi), Atsuya Ota (Hamamatsu), Kenta Hirose (Link Tochigi), Keijuro Matsui (Toyota), Takatoshi Furukawa (Link Tochigi), Ryumo Ono (Chiba), Ryoma Hashimoto (Aisin), Naoto Tsuji (Toshiba), Makoto Hiejima (Aisin) and Yuta Watanabe (George Washington).

    Tanaka and Kanamaru were the biggest cuts, the two best shooting guards in Japan due to injuries.
    Its obvious Kanamaru is too one dimensional or ball magnet in Hasegawa's schem of things, he much preferes the smart shot making of the Furukawa and hiejima..
    To becomes Asia's Best, we need to compete against the World's Best..

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    Quote Originally Posted by reamily View Post
    Its obvious Kanamaru is too one dimensional or ball magnet in Hasegawa's schem of things, he much preferes the smart shot making of the Furukawa and hiejima..
    Both Furukawa and Kanamaru are the same. Spot up shooters and no ball handling so NO, Furukawa does not even have the decent ball handling to create his own shot. Same with Kanamaru.

    Hiejima, Hirose and Tanaka are shot creators.

    Plus Hasegawa's PnR offense consists of two wingers: flank shooters and shot creators. So if Tanaka and Kanamaru were healthy, Hasegawa would have taken them instead of Hirose and Matsui.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CKR13 View Post
    Both Furukawa and Kanamaru are the same. Spot up shooters and no ball handling so NO, Furukawa does not even have the decent ball handling to create his own shot. Same with Kanamaru.

    Hiejima, Hirose and Tanaka are shot creators.

    Plus Hasegawa's PnR offense consists of two wingers: flank shooters and shot creators. So if Tanaka and Kanamaru were
    healthy, Hasegawa would have taken them instead of Hirose and Matsui.
    I dunno i always prefer kanamaru as streaky..it was evident in last jones cul and puts energy on offense that mades him aliability in the other end..
    To becomes Asia's Best, we need to compete against the World's Best..

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    I just want to ask if why is takuya kawamura not in japanese national team? Is he too old or injured? If i remember correctly he was the best player in japan team back in 2011 in fiba asia china.. He was also part of the best 5 players in asia i think..

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    Nice to see Kosuke back on the team. Any reports about Takuya Kawamura. Since 2013 he literally disappeared from Japanese NT discussions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by judasmartel View Post
    Nice to see Kosuke back on the team. Any reports about Takuya Kawamura. Since 2013 he literally disappeared from Japanese NT discussions.
    injured never gain the same form again, like james yap after 2010..
    To becomes Asia's Best, we need to compete against the World's Best..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DNJN22 View Post
    I just want to ask if why is takuya kawamura not in japanese national team? Is he too old or injured? If i remember correctly he was the best player in japan team back in 2011 in fiba asia china.. He was also part of the best 5 players in asia i think..
    Kawamura today is not the same player from 2009 - 2011 that made him a FIBA Asia top five selection.

    2012 - Injury
    2013 - NBA Summer League
    2014 - Injury
    2015 - Injury
    2016 - Performance level. Main factor why he was cut.

    Plus he has an attitude problem....
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