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Hugh Watanabe

Nationality: Japan
Date of Birth: 1999-10-03

Height: 208cm / 6'10'' 
Weight: 91kg / 200.2lbs


  • Birthplace: Hawaii

  • Registered Domicile: Tokyo, Japan

  • 2019 - 2024: Japan National Team Representative

  • 2019:  Bronze Medalist in the William Jones Cup in Taiwan

  • 2021: FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

  • 2023, 2024: Japan B.League Emperor's Cup Finalist

  • 2023: Japan B.League West Division Regular Season Champion

  • 2023: Japan B.League Champion

  • 2024: Japan B.League Rising Star



  • Strong-bodied, athletic, Power Forward/Center.

  • Hugh is a dominant presence in the post, who can dunk and block shots.

  • He is the consummate team player, who can be relied on to step up and take a leadership position on his team, when called on to do so.

  • He is also humble enough to accept a lesser role when coach asks his imports to dominate.

  • Hugh is an Olympic athlete with experience playing international matches with the Japan National Team.

  • He has excellent court vision and a high basketball IQ.

  • He has a wide repertoire of shots and can be relied on to make the right play at the right time.

  • Hugh can play post-up and drive down the lane.

  • He can score and facilitate in pick-n-roll.

  • His agility enables him to defend not only big guys but also to keep guards in front of him after rotations or switching defense.

  • Hugh is a reliable rebounder with the potential to become a consistent double-double maker.

  • He is a hard worker who believes in going the extra mile to develop and work on his game.

  • Always professional, Hugh exemplifies high character behavior both on and off the court.



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2023-2024: Ryukyu Golden Kings (B1 League) - IN SEASON

19 games: 5.5 MPG, 1.2 PPG, 8.4 PT PER40, 1.2 RPG, 8.8 RB PER40, 46.7% 2FGP, 66.7% FT

2023-2024: Ryukyu Golden Kings (East Asia Super League)


2023: FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers
2 games: 6PPG, 6.5RPG 

2023: Japan National Team (World Cup)

2 games: 6.0PTS, 60.0%2FGP, 4.5RD, 6.5RT

2023: Ryukyu Golden Kings (East Asia Super League)

3 games: 3.3PTS, 60.0%2FGP, 100.0%FT, 3.3RT

2022- 2023: Ryukyu Golden Kings (B1)

25 games: 2.2PTS, 60.5%2FGP, 52.6%FT, 2.2RT

2021: FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

1 games: 3PPG, 3RPG, 

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