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Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007


Takushi earns weekly award

Point guard Naoto Takushi is one of Japan's rising basketball stars.

Last weekend provided a perfect illustration of this, when the Okinawa native scored 32 points in the series opener against the Oita HeatDevils and 25 a day later for the Ryukyu Golden Kings in a two-game series split.

Takushi is the Circle K Sunkus Player of the Week, the bj-league announced on Tuesday.

In addition to his 32-point outing in Ryukyu's series-opening 89-81 win, Takushi had six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

What's more, he got to the line with regularity — and made 8 of 10 foul shots.

In Sunday's game, he also had eight assists and two steals. The 26-year-old, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft, has started all 14 games for the first-year expansion team.

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