Japan’s National Team Pool for November FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

November 10, 2017
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Aya Shozama

japan basketball national team fiba world cup november 2017 qualifier roster

The road to Tokyo 2020 begins in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers and the first window is scheduled to be played late in November for Japan’s Akatsuki Five men’s national team.

Julio Lamas, the Argentine veteran mentor was tasked to bring back the national team to the Olympics and he has assembled a solid 23 player pool composed of veteran players of the national team from the B-League, the standouts from Tokai University and a high school phenom in Chikara Tanaka.

The player pool includes:

Ira Brown – Ryukyu Golden Kings

Atsuya Ota – Sanen Neo Phoenix

Kosuke Takeuchi – Tochigi BREX

Joji Takeuchi – Alvark Tokyo

Takuya Kawamura – Yokohama B-Corsairs

Takatoshi Furukawa – Ryukyu Golden Kings

Ryumo Ono – Chiba Jets

Ryoma Hashimoto – Seahorses Mikawa

Ryusei Shinoyama – Kawasaki Brave Thunders

Ryota Nakanishi – Kumamoto Volters

Kosuke Kanamaru – Seahorse Mikawa

Naoto Tsuji – Kawasaki Brave Thunders

Makoto Hiejima – SeaHorse Mikawa

Naoya Kumagae – Osaka Evessa

Naoki Uto – Toyama Grouses

Yuya Nagayoshi – Kyoto Hannaryz

Daiki Tanaka – Alvark Tokyo

Tenketsu Harimoto – Nagoya Dolphins

Seiya Ando – Alvark Tokyo

Yuki Togashi – Chiba Jets

Yudai Baba – Alvark Tokyo

Gen HIraiwa – Tokai University

Yudai Nishida – Tokai University

Chikara Tanaka – Yokosuka HS

 

The national pool is loaded with veteran big men, scorers and playmakers as coach Julio Lamas plans to use his signature transition style of tempo in utilizing Japan’s strengths in shooting and player speed.

According to reports, head coach Julio Lamas plans to announce the twelve members of the national team a day before the Akatsuki Five plays the visiting the Philippines national team in the fabled Komazawa Gymnasium in November 24, 2017. In November 27, Akatsuki Five will play the Australian national team aka the Boomers in Australia.

Akatsuki Five may field a new lineup in the game against the Australians as FIBA rules will allow roster changes in between games where coach Julio Lamas can source new players to include in the twelve man squad within the national pool.

Japan vs Philippines November 24, 2017

Australia vs Japan November 27, 2017

image courtesy of FIBA

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