The George Washington University: Men's Basketball

Yuta Watanabe
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Yuta  Watanabe

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Kagawa, Japan

High School:
St. Thomas More School (CT)

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 193

Position:
F

Major:
Pre-Arts & Sciences



07/08/2015

Men's Basketball Announces 2015 Nike Pro City League Assignments

12 Student-Athletes Scheduled to Compete in League Formerly Known as Kenner

04/29/2015

GW Basketball Holds Court at the White House

Yuta Watanabe, Kevin Larsen, Coach Mike Lonergan among those at state visit of Japanese prime minister

03/22/2015

GW Men's Hoops Finishes 22-Win Season With NIT Loss at Temple

Savage Scores Career-High 25 Points as Colonials' Comeback Falls Short in 90-77 Loss to Owls

03/13/2015

GW Men's Hoops Fights Past Duquesne, 73-55, into A-10 Quarterfinals

Colonials Hit At Least 10 Threes for Fourth Time in Five Games

03/10/2015

GW Men's Hoops Set for 2015 Atlantic 10 Championship

GW (20-11) vs. 11-Duquesne (12-18) | Thursday, March 12 | Barclays Center | 9 p.m. | NBCSN

01/16/2015

Yuta Watanabe #SCTop10 Dunk vs. Richmond

Yuta Watanabe #SCTop10 Dunk vs. Richmond

12/18/2014

Happy Holidays from GW Athletics!

Happy Holidays from GW Athletics!

12/11/2014

International Student-Athletes Thrive at GW

International Student-Athletes Thrive at GW

08/21/2014

Get to Know Freshman Yuta Watanabe

Get to Know 2014-15 GW Men's Basketball Freshman Yuta Watanabe

03/17/2015

GW MBB NIT First Round at Pitt (3/17/15)

GW MBB NIT First Round at Pitt (3/17/15) Photos by Harry Bloomberg

03/13/2015

GW MBB A-10 Quarterfinal vs. Rhode Island (3/13/15)

GW MBB A-10 Quarterfinal vs. Rhode Island (3/13/15)

03/12/2015

GW MBB A-10 Second Round vs. Duquesne (3/12/15)

GW MBB A-10 Second Round vs. Duquesne (3/12/15)

03/07/2015

GW MBB Senior Day vs. UMass (3/7/15)

GW MBB Senior Day vs. UMass (3/7/15)

11/16/2014

GW MBB at Rutgers (11/16/14)

GW MBB at Rutgers (11/16/14)

AS A FRESHMAN AT GW IN 2014-15
Averaged 7.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 22.5 minutes in 35 games played with 10 starts ... Closed rookie season with 15 points and four three-pointers in NIT second round matchup at Temple (3/22/15) ... Averaged 13.5 points in final two regular season games, including career-high seven threes and 21 points against UMass (3/7/15), to earn second A-10 Rookie of the Week nod. Seven threes matched the second-most ever by a GW player in a single game ... Member of Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll (3.5+ GPA) and GW's Athletic Academic Dean's List (3.0+ GPA) for fall 2014 semester ... Made GW's third ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays (#8) appearance in 24 days with tip dunk en route to nine points in victory over Richmond (1/15/15) ... Extended double-digit scoring streak to six straight games with career-high-tying 12 at La Salle (1/10/15). Also scored 12 in victory at Saint Joseph's (1/3/15) ... Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (12/29/14) after averaging 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in three games as GW captured the 2014 Diamond Head Classic crown. Scored 10 points in a semifinal win over Colorado and title game upset of No. 11 Wichita State, including two 3-pointers in a decisive 20-6 game-ending run against the Shockers.

HIGH SCHOOL
Labeled "the Chosen One" by The Japan Times, Watanabe (you-tuh wah-tuh-nah-bay) is the fourth Japanese-born student-athlete in NCAA Division I men's basketball history (Michael Takahashi - Cal State Northridge, K.J. Matsui - Columbia, Taishi Ito - Portland). In his lone scholastic season in the United States in 2013-14, Watanabe averaged 13 points and six rebounds in helping St. Thomas More School (Conn.) to a 26-8 overall record and an appearance in the National Prep Championship game, during which he scored a team-high 25 points. His ever-improving play throughout the season helped him earn NEPSAC Class AAA First Team All-League accolades and he was also named to the National Prep School Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Before coming to the U.S., Watanabe led Jinsei Gakuen High School to second place in the 2010 and 2011 All-Japan Tournaments. He has already competed for the Japanese National Team - as an 18-year-old, he helped Japan to third place at the 2013 East Asian Basketball Association Championship for Men and ninth in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship - and joins Patricio Garino and Kevin Larsen as foreign-born Colonials with experience in international competition. Like GW classmate Matt Cimino, Watanabe comes from a basketball family - both of his parents played in Japan's top leagues, his mother, Kumi, also played for the Japanese Women's National Team, and his sister, Yuki, played for Aishin AW of the Women's Japan Basketball League.

"Yuta is a very versatile player who can play several positions," said Coach Lonergan. "He has the ball-handling and shooting abilities of a guard and the athleticism and height of a forward. We expect him to make an immediate impact for us because of his combination of skills."

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