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Saturday, June 28, 2008


Ex-No. 1 pick Goya traded to Evessa

The Osaka Evessa acquired point guard Takanori Goya from the Toyama Grouses, the three-time defending bj-league champion announced Friday. He was traded for an undisclosed amount of cash.

Goya, a native of Okinawa, was the No. 1 overall pick, in the 2006 draft. A two-time All-Star, he has been face of the Toyama franchise.

The 188-cm guard averaged 9.9 points per game last season and was the team's fourth-leading scorer. He was Toyama's assist leader (143) and started 42 games.

The Grouses finished with a league-worst 7-37 record in 2007-08. In their inaugural season, they went 13-27.

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