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NBA Draft 2019 : Hachimura becomes first Japanese to be picked in first round

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NBA Draft 2019 : Hachimura becomes first Japanese to be picked in first round

The Japanese sensation Rui Hachimura is named No.9 pick by Washington Wizards. The 21-year old has created history by becoming the first from Japan to be named in the first round of the NBA draft 2019.

Hachimura’s 3 years stay at the Gonzaga University in Washington has played a part in Wizards decision. The Japanese prodigy was understandably excited at the news.

“It’s crazy. It’s unreal. It means a lot for me, my family and all my country,” the Japanese prodigy said moments afterwards. “I’m so thankful to be here.”

Hachimura enters record books

He announced in April much to the delight of the fans that he would be entering NBA draft 2019 this year. Given his talent it’s no surprise he’s been picked in the first round of the NBA Draft 2019.

Hachimura becomes first Japanese NBA draft pick

Washington Wizards grab Hachimura as their No.9 pick. Image: Getty

Hachimura’s coach had the belief that he will go to the NBA since the beginning though. He has been grabbing a lot of attention from his countrymen and understandably so. 46 journalists from Japan press corp are featuring in 23 outlets in Brooklyn due to him.

Hachimura is the first NBA draft 2019 pick from the country but the first to play was Yuta Tabuse who played for the Phoenix Suns in 2004 season.

Rui set to leave Gonzaga University early

Hachimura has been the standout performer for the University and is set to leave before the final season now. He had a mighty good time there but is happy with the move on.

“The last three years at Gonzaga have been a dream come true, and now I’d like to pursue my next dream of playing in the NBA,” the 6’8″ forward said.

Hachimura was named the West Coast Conference player of the year after a stunning 19.7 per game average in the 2018-19 season.

Hachimura is also set to represent Japan at the FIBA World Cup to take on bigger countries later this year. He would be looking to make his nation proud there too.

“Basketball’s getting bigger in Japan and I want to be the guy, the face of it,” Hachimura said.

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