Dallas Mavericks sign 5-6 Japanese guard Yuki Togashi

Mavs sign Japanese guard
After averaging just 5.3 points and shooting .467 from the field in four NBA summer league games, the Dallas Mavericks have signed Japanese guard Yuki Togashi.

At just 5-6 and 145lbs, the Mavericks liked the diminutive guard’s speed, defense, hustle, and ability to facilitate ball movement on offense.

Who is Yuki Togashi?

Originally from Niigata, Japan, Yuki played high school basketball in the U.S. at the well-known basketball powerhouse Montrose Christian School. This is the same high school that several NBA players also attended, including Kevin Durant, Terrence Ross and Greivis Vasquez.

Togashi and the 2011 Montrose squad won the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational title.

After graduating early (in three years) from Montrose Christian School in 2012, Togashi was disappointed not to receive any scholarship offers to play at an American college.

With limited options to continue his basketball career in the United States, Togashi dove into professional basketball back in his homeland. In the 2013-14 season he scored 16.3 points per game for Akita Northern Happinets and led the BJ league with 7.6 assists per game.

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The 21-year-old will likely be on the roster for the rest of the preseason with the Mavs before being assigned to their their D-League affiliate Texas Legends.

Togashi would follow in the footsteps of Yuta Tabuse, who was the first Japanese-born player to play in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns in 2004.

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