By winstonharris on July 19, 2014
The internet is being taken over by the likes of the NBA Summer League sensation Yuki Togashi. After scoring an impressive 11 points in 12 minutes of action against the Charlotte Hornets, the mystery baller now has the attention of NBA scouts and the nation alike. While his opponents try to figure out his game, here are five interesting facts about the rookie phenom. Let's take a look.
Yuki Togashi may look like a 15 year old, but don't let his baby face fool you. He is out there hooping at the ripe age of 20. As one of the youngest guys in the Summer league, he hasn't let the lack of experience stop him from giving the "old guys" a run for their money.
In 2013, the youngster began his professional career with the Akita Northern Happinets of the Japan BJ-League. He took the league by storm, averaging 15.6 points and 7.9 assists per game. Not only was he the League All-Start Game MVP, he was the youngest player in league history to be named to the Best Five Team (JBJ's version of the First Team All-NBA).
Togashi obviously didn't play with Kevin Durant, but he was good enough to play at his alma mater. He played and graduated from Montrose Christian School in 2013, only to go back to Japan and dominate.
The player who graduated from the perennial national powerhouse that is Montrose Christian School did not even get one offer from an NCAA Division 1 school. You'd think that someone who is now a legitimate competitor in the NBA Summer league would've been noticed by at least one school.
It is unclear where the nickname started, but fans at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League game would not stop chanting "Toga" during Togashi's offensive display. The play on words involving the first four letters of Togashi's last name is a marketing diamond waiting to happen. Just imagine Mark Cuban putting on a"Toga Party" night for a Dallas Mavericks' game. Pure genius.
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