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Jets Defeat Broncos - Jan 16, 2013
According to a report monitored by the Japan Times, the Chiba Jets enter the All-Star break on a roll, picking up their fourth straight victory by thumping the Saitama Broncos 98-66 on Sunday afternoon at Funabashi Arena.
The Jets didn't rely on outside shooting an aspect of the game that many bj-league teams struggled with on the day to overwhelm the Broncos; in fact, they were only 1-for-11 from beyond the arc (that shot found the bottom of the net courtesy of Marquin Chandler).
Instead, Chiba found its comfort zone in the lane. That was where the majority of its points came from. And in his post-game interview sessions with reporters, Saitama coach Tracy Williams said he only recalled the Jets attempting three shots outside of the lane in the opening half.
It worked. The Jets, who built a six-point lead after one quarter, had 26 second-quarter points and, in doing so, increased the margin to 47-32 at the break.
Saitama had a dreadful start to the third quarter too many turnovers, too many missed shots, too many missed assignments on defense and Chiba exploited the Broncos' weaknesses, using a 18-0 run to open the half and take a 65-32 lead on a Kensuke Tanaka layup. That was the biggest margin for the hosts, who never let up the rest of the way, as exemplified by Tanaka, who had a pair of blocks, including one on a 3-point attempt in the fourth quarter, to go along with nine points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 28 intense minutes of court time.
Big man Joe Werner, a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse product, scored a game-high 24 points, including an 8-for-10 effort at the charity stripe, and pulled down 11 rebounds for Chiba (12-12). After the game, Jets coach Shinji Tomiyama said he considers Werner the team's MVP for the first half of the season, citing his energy on both offense and defense, and his productivity (19.6 points and 10.8 rebounds).
Commenting on the victory, Tomiyama said, "It was an important game before the All-Star Game. Good overall effort today on offense and defense. The guys played hard today."
Saitama, which has a league-worst 3-21 record, was 15-for-56 from the field over the first three quarters, and in the third, when Chiba pulled away for good, the Broncos were 3-for-19 from the field. They wound up with 53 missed shots out of 73 on the afternoon, including 15-for-54 from inside the 3-point arc.
Forward Chandler, who'll represent Chiba in the Jan. 20 All-Star Game at Ariake Colosseum, had a strong all-around game, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks, and Marquise Gray scored 17 points. D'Andre Bell and Hiroki Sato finished with 12 points apiece for the Jets.
Newcomer Wayne Oliver led Saitama with 18 points on 7-for-21 shooting and teammate Yuki Kitamuki scored 14 on a 4-for-18 effort, while Nyika Williams had 13 points.
"Basically, we came out and we rebounded the ball well . . . but we just shot the ball terrible," Williams said after the game.
The Broncos did have more offensive rebounds (23-18 edge) than Chiba, but were outperformed in every key area.
"You can't shoot the ball 26 percent and win," Williams continued. ". . . That right there in itself is the tale of the tape right there. We picked a terrible time to not shoot the ball well, and as well as the fact of not really guarding (them) in front of the basket.
"Werner, he's tough, as well as Chandler, who I think is the best player in the bj-league. He does everything. . . ."
In defeat, the Saitama bench boss chose to focus on the positives.
"But the good thing I just told my team about was Chiba showed us how you've got to play," the coach said. "If I had to pick one play that describes what I just said, I would say it's 1:23 left in the game and they're up by 31 and their player (Tanaka) goes to the corner against Kitamuki and blocks his shot and closes out of it. See, that's how you've got to play to be a winner anywhere. You've got to play hard no matter if you're up by 30 or you're losing by 30.
"So I told my team for this not to be a wasted trip, we've got to take that example that Chiba showed us and learn from it. . ."
Five Arrows 57, Golden Kings 54
In Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, Takamatsu edged the defending champions on a day when Ryukyu's outside shooting delivered a big doughnut 0-for-17 from 3-point range.
Floor leader Dexter Lyons scored a team-high 16 points for the Five Arrows (10-16) and Brandon Penn added 13.
Narito Namizato and Anthony McHenry led the Golden Kings (20-4) with 13 points apiece and Jeff Newton had 11 points and 15 boards.
Ryukyu only put four points on the board in the second quarter, and shot 21-for-69 for the entire game. All those missed shots led to nonstop rebounding chances. The Golden Kings collected 26 offensive boards and 70 rebounds on the day, but failed to consistently capitalize on those extra opportunities to put the ball in the basket.
Hannaryz 78, HeatDevils 49
In Muko, Kyoto Prefecture, former NBA center Marcus Cousin and Gyno Pomare both notched double-doubles as the Hannaryz handed Oita its 13th straight defeat.
Cousin finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, Pomare added 17 points and nine boards and David Palmer scored 18 points for Kyoto (14-12). Yu Okada chipped in with 12 points for the hosts.
Oita (9-17) shot 18-for-63 from the field.
Andre Coimbra had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Taishiro Shimizu scored 13 points for the HeatDevils.
Grouses 85, Big Bulls 68
In Mizusawa, Iwate Prefecture, Jeremy Jacob's 25 points spearheaded a balanced attack to lead Toyama to a bounce-back win over the Big Bulls.
Masashi Joho scored 12 points and Takeshi Mito and Tatsunori Fujie each had 11 for the Grouses (16-10). Big man Ira Brown added 10 points, 11 boards and four assists.
For Iwate (19-7), Carlos Dixon was the leading scorer with 22 points, Reggie Okosa had 19 and Lawrence Blackledge finished with eight points and 13 rebounds.
The Big Bulls were 4-for-19 on 3s.
B-Corsairs 79, Crane Thunders 61
In Yokohama, Draelon Burns scored 22 points and Thomas Kennedy poured in 18 as the hosts salvaged a series split.
Pape Faye Mour contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds and Masayuki Kabaya had an 11-point afternoon for the B-Corsairs (18-8), who play a Tuesday-Wednesday series against the Akita Northern Happinets in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefeture, and Yokohama, respectively.
Lewis Witcher paced Gunma (5-21) with 16 points and Shingo Okada scored 15 for the expansion squad. Jermaine Dixon had eight points and four steals, and was 1-for-10 on 3-point shots.
Phoenix 93, Rizing 87
In Hamamatsu, Wendell White's 23-point, 10-rebound, four-assists effort guided the hosts to their second triumph in as many days over Fukuoka.
Kevin Galloway finished with 15 points, eight boards and eight assists for the Phoenix (19-9), while Jeffrey Parmer scored 14 points and Shoji Nakanishi and Yoshitomo Shiina supplied nine apiece.
Josh Peppers led the Rizing (16-10) with 25 points and Reggie Warren had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jun Nakanishi scored 16 points for Fukuoka and Julius Ashby and Akitomo Takeno added 11 apiece.
The Rizing had 17 turnovers and shot 65.4 percent (17-for-26) at the foul line.
Susanoo Magic 99, Shining Suns 69
In Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, Shimane rebounded from an overtime loss in the series opener, thrashing the hosts in the teams' final contest before next Sunday's All-Star Game.
Center big man Jeral Davis scored a team-high 24 points, raked in 14 rebounds and swatted five shots for the Susanoo Magic (17-9). Frontcourt mate B.J. Puckett added 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Brandon Freeman scored 18 points, Tatsuhiro Yokoo had a 14-point outing and Edward Yamamoto poured in 13 points with four assists.
Shimane star Michael Parker, the four-time reigning league scoring champion, was sidelined with an injury sustained in Saturday's game. His teammates picked up the scoring slack in his absence.
Ricky Woods led Miyazaki (4-22) with 21 points. The Magic made him work for his points, sending him to the foul line for 12 shots (11 makes). Larriques Cunningham scored 14 points for the Suns, who shot 23-for-74 from the field.
Lakestars 75, Evessa 57
In Osaka, Dionisio Gomez was the tone-setter for Shiga in the series finale, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Lakestars earned a series split.
Wayne Arnold finished with 14 points and Ray Nixon had 12 points and five assists for Shiga (15-11). Veteran guard Jumpei Nakama scored 11 points in the rout.
In short, perimeter shooting cost the Evessa (5-19) the game. They were 2-for-21 on 3-point attempts.
Mike Bell and Rick Rickert paced Osaka with 19 points apiece, and Rickert hauled in 15 rebounds.
| Shiga outplays Gunma in first bj-league contest for ex-NBA coach Parker, center Ely- Oct.11, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, longtime NBA assistant coach Charlie Parker and big man Melvin Ely, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, made their bj-league regular-season debuts on Saturday.But the Shiga Lakestars upstaged the hosts, winning 96-85 and stealing the thunder from Parkers first regular-season as the Gunma Crane Thunders bench boss.In 23-plus minutes, the 208-cm Ely scored 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting. The 36-year-old, who wrapped up the 2013-14 NBA season playing for... [read more]
According to the Japan Times, longtime NBA assistant coach Charlie Parker and big man Melvin Ely, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, made their bj-league regular-season debuts on Saturday.
But the Shiga Lakestars upstaged the hosts, winning 96-85 and stealing the thunder from Parkers first regular-season as the Gunma Crane Thunders bench boss.
In 23-plus minutes, the 208-cm Ely scored 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting. The 36-year-old, who wrapped up the 2013-14 NBA season playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, had four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture.
Parker was an assistant for the NBA Development Leagues Texas Legends lasts season. The 65-year-old had previously worked as an assistant for New Orleans (2006-07) and Dallas Mavericks (1995-02005).
Elys inside presence helped the Crane Thunders, a third-year franchise, have an efficient inside game. Gunma made 29 of 47 shots from 2-point range, but Parkers squad also committed 22 turnovers.
Shigas Terrance Woodbury and Yu Okada proved to be the games most dynamic one-two punch. The former had 30 points and four steals; Okada, meanwhile, pumped in 27 points and collected four steals. Jeff Parmer added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Lakestars, who are 3-0 to open the season under new coach Koto Toyama.
Masahiro Kano and Chris Holm both scored seven points for Shiga, with Holm pulling down 10 rebounds.
Gunma led 43-41 at halftime.
Shiga scored 33 third-quarter points to take control of the game.
Daniel Northern had a team-high 17 points with 10 rebounds for the Crane Thunders. Kenya Tomori scored 15 points and dished out six assists, and Carlos Dixon matched Tomoris scoring output.
Despite the perceived motivation that fires up some players to compete against ex-NBA players, Parmer insisted that it was just another game to me and my teammates.
In a post-game interview with The Japan Times, he added: (It was) another day to get better as a team and put another W on the board. Whether he (Ely) played in the NBA or not doesnt change how were going to come out and play as a team each and every game.
Were going to play with the same intensity level every practice and game. That is the only way we will reach our ultimate team goal, which is to win a championship.
What presence did Ely bring to Gunma to start its season?
He brings a nice inside presence for Gunma, Parmer said.
Golden Kings 83, Five Arrows 75
In Takamatsu, Draelon Burns, a title winner the past two seasons with Yokohama and Ryukyu, canned six 3-pointers in an electrifying 23-point outing off the bench as reigning champion Ryukyu rolled past the Five Arrows.
Kibwe Trim scored 19 points on a perfect 9-for-9 shooting night and Anthony McHenry supplied 15 points, 10 boards, four assists and two blocks for the Golden Kings. Anthony Kent contributed 10 points and Narito Namizato and Ryuichi Kishimoto both scored six.
Justin Watts and Dexter Lyons paced Takamatsu with 15 points apiece. Masaaki Suzuki scored 11 points and B.J. Puckett had nine points and nine rebounds.
Hannaryz 81, Rizing 54
In Kama, Fukuoka Prefecture, Reggie Warrens 16-point, nine-rebound effort and Kyotos balanced scoring guided the visitors to a well-rounded win over the hosts.
Ryan Forehan-Kelly scored 15 points, Kevin Kotzur had 14 and David Palmer and Shun Watanuki added 10 apiece for the Hannaryz, who are 3-0 to open the season.
Fukuoka was held to three assists and turned the ball over 17 times.
The Rizing were 0-for-13 from 3-point range. Josh Peppers led the hosts with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Kirk Van Slyke had 11 points.
Phoenix 70, Susanoo Magic 49
In Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Nile Murry and Olu Ashaolu scored 13 points apiece and Hamamatsu Higashimikawas defense tormented the hosts all night.
Shimane finished with 29 turnovers, two shy of the league record, which was set by Shinshu on March 17, 2012, against Akita.
The Magic faced a 17-6 deficit after one quarter, and never recovered.
Masahiro Oguchi and Mo Charlo both scored nine points for the Phoenix, while Tasuku Namizato had six assists.
Tatsuhiro Yokoo was Shimanes lone double-digit scorer (13 points.).
The Magic were held to 16-for-47 shooting.
89ers 90, Northern Happinets 76
In Akita, Long Beach State alum Kejuan Johnson buried 6 of 7 3-point attempts en route to a game-high 28 points and added seven rebounds, five assists and two steals for Sendai.
Johnson shot 11-for-14 from the field.
Wendell White finished with 25 points, while DeAngelo Hamilton chipped in with 15 points and 12 boards for the 89ers. Veteran point guard Takehiko Shimura added 10 points and three assists.
The 89ers outscored the hosts 29-16 in the pivotal third quarter to take a 67-55 advantage into the final stanza.
For the Northern Happinets, Richard Roby was the high scorer with 24 points and Ruben Boykin had 21 points and five assists. Akita guard Shigehiro Taguchi scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Big Bulls 91, Firebonds 57
In Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, coach Dai Oketanis club put 55 points on the board in the second half and held Fukushima to 26 as the game turned into a rout.
The Firebonds, a 2014-15 expansion team, trailed 36-31 at halftime.
Scootie Randall paced Iwate with 18 points, adding nine rebounds, three assists and three steals for good measure. Lawrence Blackledge had 14 points, nine boards and four assists and Wayne Arnold and Tsubasa Yonamine each scored 13 points.
The Big Bulls shot 30-for-52 from 2-point range and 16-for-18 at the foul line. They dished out 18 assists with only nine turnovers on the afternoon.
Edward Morris scored 14 points for Fukushima, which had 15 turnovers. James Hughes had 12 points, while Terrance Shannon and Atsushi Nogami both poured in nine. Masaya Karimata contributed seven points, four assists and three steals.
The Firebonds were playing their first game since beating the Aomori Wats 66-64 on Sunday, which was the first-regular season victory in franchise history.
Fukushima shot 10-for-20 at the free-throw line.
Albirex BB 73, Broncos 64
In Niigata, Patrick Sullivan scored 18 points and Thomas Kennedy supplied 16 as the hosts earned a win over fellow JBL defector Saitama.
Kennedy and Stephen Van Treese each had 10 rebounds for Niigata. Kennedy and Sullivan were the teams assist leaders with five apiece.
Kimitake Sato poured in 14 points and Van Treese, a former University of Louisville player, had 10 points.
For the Broncos, who are 0-3 under new coach Kazuaki Shimoji, Jon Ekey had 18 points, including five 3-pointers. Takato Hara, Gary Johnson and Yuki Sasaki all scored nine points in the loss, while Koji Nagata added eight.
Saitama was 11-for-21 at the charity stripe.
Brave Warriors 105, B-Corsairs 90
In Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Shinshu raced out to a 31-17 lead after one quarter and sank 14 3-pointers in a high-scoring performance.
Patrick Sanders knocked down 5 of 6 3s in a banner 22-point effort, while center Mohamed Abukar scored 20 points. Floor leader Jermaine Dixon added 15 points, a game-high 12 assists and three steals for the Brave Warriors. Carl Hall and Takato Saito scored 16 and 11 points, respectively.
Both teams dished out 27 assists.
Yokohamas Warren Niles led the team with 21 points, but shot 2-for-9 from beyond the arc. Dzaflo Larkai added 17 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Wayne Marshall had 11 points and six assists and Kenji Yamada and Seiji Kono both scored 10 points.
Bambitious 91, Evessa 79
In Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, Tatsuya Suzuki paced the hosts with 18 points and five assists and the Bambitious shot 58.7 percent from inside the arc in a victory over Osaka.
Forward Chehales Tapscott, a Portland State product, had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and guard Andre Murray, who attended the same college, also put 17 points on the board. Michael St. John added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts, while Takuro Ito scored 13 points.
Coach Ryutaro Onoderas club hauled in 17 offensive rebounds and held a 46-36 overall advantage.
Joshua Dorado paced the Evessa with 31 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Shota Konno and Seth Tarver finished with 12 points apiece. Gary Hamilton added 10 points, 12 boards and three steals, while Naoto Nakamura contributed eight points.
Wats 92, HeatDevils 85 (OT)
In Oita, Gyno Pomare scored a game-high 21 points as Aomori outlasted the HeatDevils in overtime.
Paul Williams notched a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Yuki Kitamuki, Kenichi Takahashi and Damian Saunders all scored 11 points apiece for the Wats. Makoto Sawaguchi had 10 points.
Aomori raked in 56 rebounds to the hosts 42.
Todd OBrien scored 20 points for Oita. Kellen Thornton added 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Demetri McCamey provided 14 points and six assists. Drew Barnham and Hiroki Oshiro scored 13 and 12 points, respectively.
| Alvark hold off Kings spirited comeback- Sep.6, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, the Toyota Alvark jumped out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the first quarter against the Ryukyu Golden Kings during Friday's preseason game in Okinawa City. The lopsided score vanished, but the Alvark, an NBL powerhouse team, held on for a 76-75 victory over the defending bj-league champion before an announced crowd of 3,223. On Wednesday, Toyota defeated host Ryukyu 80-78 in the preseason opener for both teams. Golden Kings guard Draelon Burns scored a ga... [read more]
According to the Japan Times, the Toyota Alvark jumped out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the first
quarter against the Ryukyu Golden Kings during Friday's preseason game
in Okinawa City.
The lopsided score vanished, but the Alvark, an NBL powerhouse team,
held on for a 76-75 victory over the defending bj-league champion before
an announced crowd of 3,223.
On Wednesday, Toyota defeated host Ryukyu 80-78 in the preseason opener for both teams.
Golden Kings guard Draelon Burns scored a game-high 27 points in the
rematch, draining 5 of 8 3-point shots. Teammate Anthony McHenry had a
sensational all-around game with 17 points, nine rebounds, seven
assists, five blocks and two steals. McHenry also had five blocks in the
Ryuichi Kishimoto added 11 points for Ryukyu but struggled to knock
down shots. He was 2-for-11 from beyond the arc and 3-for-14 from the
field. Naoto Kosuge had an eight-point effort in the loss.
Toyota held the Kings to 12-for-31 shooting from 2-point range.
Swingman Naoki Uto paced the Alvark with 23 points and Keijuro Matsui
and Xavier Gibson had 14 points apiece. Gibson, who played for the
bj-league's Shinshu Brave Warriors, last season added 12 boards and
Toyota coach Don Beck's squad out-rebounded the hosts 50-42.
Ryukyu trailed 41-28 at halftime, then chipped away at the lead over
the final two quarters. The Kings had 35 fourth-quarter points and held
the Alvark to 25.
Takamatsu update: Floor leader Dexter Lyons, a
gifted scorer and playmaker, has announced he won't play for the Five
Arrows this season. He recently informed the team of his plans to sit
out the season in order to tend to family matters.
Lyons attended the University of Central Florida. He played the past
two seasons for Takamatsu and competed for the now-defunct Miyazaki
Shining Suns in 2011-12.
| Gunma hires longtime NBA assistant Parker as new coach- Aug.2, 2014 (by Emeka)|
Charlie Parker, who spent more than a decade as an NBA assistant coach, this week was named the Gunma Crane Thunders new bench boss.Entering their third season, Gunma handed its coaching reins to a well-traveled, experienced mentor to build a winning foundation.Parker received a one-year contract to coach the Eastern Conference team.The Crane Thunders went 13-39 last season, They had a 15-37 record in 2012-13, their inaugural campaign.I am looking forward sincerely to be a coach in the bj... [read more]
Charlie Parker, who spent more than a decade as an NBA assistant coach, this week was named the Gunma Crane Thunders new bench boss.
Entering their third season, Gunma handed its coaching reins to a well-traveled, experienced mentor to build a winning foundation.
Parker received a one-year contract to coach the Eastern Conference team.
The Crane Thunders went 13-39 last season, They had a 15-37 record in 2012-13, their inaugural campaign.
I am looking forward sincerely to be a coach in the bj-league, Parker said in comments posted on the Gunma website.
He added that the goal is for the team to play an exciting NBA style of basketball, including aggressive defense.
Parker, 65, served as an assistant coach for the NBA Development Leagues Texas Legends during the 2013-14 season. (Parker worked alongside former Saitama Broncos head coach Dean Murray, a Legends assistant coach.)
From 2011-13, he coached Al Muharraq to one Bahrain League title and one championship runnerup finish.
He also led the Chinese Basketball Associations Foshan club from 2010-11.
He served as a Dallas Mavericks assistant from 1996-2006, and worked for the New Orleans Hornets in that same role from 2007-10, during which he also guided the clubs Summer League team in Las Vegas
In the collegiate ranks, he was a head coach at the University of Southern California in 1995-96. He was named the interim head coach as Trojans mentor George Ravelings successor the previous season. Parker was on Ravelings USC staff for six seasons before the promotion.
Before his move to USC, Parker was head coach at Wayne State, an NCAA Division II school in Michigan, from 1982-88. He compiled a 120-56 record in that time. He collected two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year accolades while at Wayne State.
Parker started coaching in 1972 at the University of Findlay (Ohio) as an assistant and spent four seasons at the school before a six-year stint as an assistant at Bowling Green.
News from Akita: Power forward Ruben Boykin, who had a terrific 2013-14 season for the championship runnerup Happinets, will play for Ludwigsburg, the top-flight Basketball Bundesliga (Germany) club, this coming season.
The 29-year-old Boykin averaged 13.9 points and a league-high 13.5 rebounds for the Happinets. He had 183 assists against 93 turnovers with 52 steals.
In his one season in Japan, Boykin quickly emerged as one of the bj-leagues premier all-around forwards.
Akita recently announced it has re-signed high-scoring forward Richard Roby.
Firebonds update: Expansion club Fukushima has signed its first two foreign players, big man James Hughes, who split last season between Sendai and Gunma, and forward Nick Thompson.
Hughes played 21 games for Gunma (7.0 points, 5.9 rebounds) and 24 games for Sendai (8.8 points, 6.8 rebounds) last season.
The 211-cm Northern Illinois product said, I would like to thank Fukushima and Coach Theo (Hiroki Fujita) for giving me the opportunity to return to Japan. We look forward to show the fans hard work and excitement for their support.
As a rookie pro last season, the 206-cm Thompson averaged 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 28 games for Finke Baskets in the German ProA League.
My wife and I are very excited about this opportunity, and cant wait to move to Japan and get started, Thompson said in a statement posted on the Fukushima website. Im grateful to be part of the Fukushima Sports Entertainment family, and am looking forward to getting there and working hard to help the organization have a great first season.
Thompson completed his college career at Utah Valley State after stints at Oklahoma and College of Eastern Utah.
Returning to Kyoto: As expected, forward David Palmer will be back with the Hannaryz for a third season.
Kyoto made the official announcement on Wednesday.
Palmer, 32, averaged 13.9 points per game for the Hannaryz last season. The sharpshooter made 41.8 percent of his 3-point shots, 46.2 percent from inside the arc and 87.2 percent at the free-throw line.
Frontcourt addition: Forward Olu Ashaolu has joined Hamamatsu for the upcoming campaign.
The 200-cm University of Oregon product was born in Nigeria. He lists Toronto as his hometown.
Ashaolu, who wrapped up his college career in 2012, played for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He has previously competed for pro teams in Spain and France. He is a former member of the Canada junior national team.
Im very excited for my arrival and to be a part of the club, Ashaolu said in a statement issued by the team. I am looking forward to having a great year with all the teammates, coaches, sponsors and fans.
Before attending Oregon, Ashaolu went to Louisiana Tech.
Susanoo Magic addition: Shimane filled a spot on its roster by signing 211-cm post player Brandon Hassell.
After playing in Europe last season for the first time, Im excited to play my first season in Japan, Hassell, a Penn State alum, said in a statement.
Id like to thank the Shimane Susanoo Magic organization for giving me this opportunity.
I am going to come in, work hard, and do the best I can to make an impact on the court and help this team.
Hassell began his pro career in 2008. He played for Swedish club Eco Orebro last season, averaging 13.9 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds in 36 games, according to eurobasket.com.
Bambitious pickup: Nara has added veteran forward Michael St. John for next season.
The 203-cm La Salle University product played for Norwegian League team Tromso Storm last season, providing 18 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 23 games, eurobasket.com reported.
Johnson, 30, has also played in Poland, Denmark and Romania.
Staying in Gunma: Guard Kenya Tomori has finalized a deal to return to the Crane Thunders for a third season.
He began his pro career in 2007 with Ryukyu.
| Isa to lead champion Ryukyu again next season Jun.26, 2014 |
| Golden Kings dismantle Happinets in bj-league final As Kishimoto is named MVP May.26, 2014 |
| Brave Warriors avenge loss to 89ers Apr.21, 2014 |
| Nakama set to retire Apr.21, 2014 |
| Iwate cruises past Gunma, keeps victory streak alive Apr.21, 2014 |
| Joho powers Grouses past Evessa Mar.18, 2014 |
| East power Akita decides to make roster move: source Feb.7, 2014 |
| Shimizu leads HeatDevils past Hannaryz Jan.9, 2014 |
| Shimane struggling after departure of coach, top star Jan.9, 2014 |
| Akita making run for title Dec.8, 2013 |
| D-League teams draft five bj-league alumni Nov.6, 2013 |
| Murry leads Niigata past previously unbeaten Toyama Nov.6, 2013 |
| B-Corsairs slump to defeat against Big Bulls Nov.6, 2013 |
| Alvark beat Brex to get NBL up and running Oct.3, 2013 |
| Players react after NBL takes unilateral action Oct.3, 2013 |
| Nakamuras coaching tree stretches throughout league Sep.2, 2013 |
| Hitachi Sunrockers sign Darryl Webb Jul.28, 2013 |
| Kyoto set to join NBL for 2014-15 season Jul.22, 2013 |
| Yokohama to name Katsuhisa coach Jul.22, 2013 |
| Nara selects Toyama as first coach Jun.23, 2013 |
| Kyoto acquires forward Komoda Jun.23, 2013 |
| Nara takes Yamashiro with first pick in expansion draft Jun.23, 2013 |
| Toshiba shows determination in Game 3 win over Aisin As Brave Thunders take 2-1 series lead Apr.22, 2013 |
| Sea Horses win Game 5 to reclaim JBL crown Apr.22, 2013 |
| Shimane reaches 30 victories for first time in franchise history Mar.28, 2013 |
| Big contributions from post players, as bench propel B-Corsairs past Brave Warriors Feb.19, 2013 |
| Five 3-pointers seal victory for Niigata Jan.16, 2013 |
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