Rui Hachimura continues to impress for Team Japan


Washington Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura scored 35 points in an international friendly game against New Zealand on Aug. 12 and followed that performance up with a 19-point game on Aug. 14, once again against New Zealand.

Hachimura has dominated for Japan, shooting the ball effectively and scoring inside and out.

Coming off a strong Summer League where he averaged 19.3 points and 7 rebounds, Hachimura continues to show his future potential for the Wizards.

It is very possible that Hachimura takes on a large role this season and winds up starting games for the Wizards.

For the World Cup, Japan is joined in Group E by the Czech Republic, Turkey and the United States.

Japan opens up group play against Turkey on Sept. 1.