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With the ninth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards selected Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura.

Hachimura is the reigning West Coast Conference player of the year, averaging 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs last season. He is also the first Japanese player selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.

“It’s big for the country,” Hachimura told the Associated Press this week. “It’s big for Japan because we’ve never really had a player like me in Japan playing basketball in the NBA and stuff. It’s going to be big and it’s going to be a dream. It means a lot for me, my family, Japanese basketball — the whole country.”

Hachimura gives the Wizards some much-needed scoring and speed. 

"Hachimura is an athletic scorer, most effective in the midrange and in the post. He is quick up and down the floor for his size and scores a lot in transition," Chase Hughes wrote in his prospect profile. "Due to his size and downhill speed, some have compared him to Jabari Parker."

 

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