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