Japanese Ace Cager Makoto Hiejima To Sign With NBL’s Brisbane Bullets
Link Tochigi BREX ace Makoto Hiejima has decided to sign with the Brisbane Bullets club in Australia’s National Basketball League.
The club has announced that the 27 year old B-League superstar chose to move from the land of the rising sun to the lands down under as the latter is looking for a greater challenge.
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“This summer, I decided to take on a bigger challenge and play with an overseas team (Brisbane Bullets). I will regret it if I will not make the move and my dream is still to play in the Olympics one day,” Hiejima told the press as relayed by the Tochigi Brex club.
Moves like Makoto!
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The Akatsuki Five guard has been a member of the Japanese national basketball team since 2013 and in signing with the Brisbane Bullets, he will join a club that is coached by Andrej Lemanis, who is also the coach of the Boomers Australian national basketball team. Hiejima played in the first and second window of the Asian qualifiers for the FIBA World Cup against Australia. Makoto Hiejima’s stellar play of shot creation, ranged shooting and the displaying the ability to drive to the hoop has reportedly impressed Lemanis.
The reigning B-league MVP is considered one of Japan’s best players. After five years with the Mikawa SeaHorses where he was named rookie of the year in 2014 and winning a championship in 2015, Hiejima signed with Tochigi last month, before deciding to challenge the NBL.
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