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Yuta Watanabe
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Yuta  Watanabe

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Kagawa, Japan

High School:
St. Thomas More School (CT)

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 197

Position:
F

Major:
Pre-Arts & Sciences



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02/03/2016

GW Men's Basketball Dispatches Davidson, 79-69

Garino scores 17 as the Colonials improve to 17-5 overall

02/01/2016

Men's Basketball Notebook

Taking a closer look at GW's success at the free throw line

01/31/2016

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Patricio Garino posts 19 points as Colonials improve to 16-5

01/29/2016

GW Men's Basketball Drops 2OT Heartbreaker to Richmond, 98-90

Colonials overcame 13-point deficit to force overtime

12/13/2015

@GW_MBB Top 5 Plays: Rutgers

@GW_MBB Top 5 Plays: Rutgers (12/12/15)

11/23/2015

@GW_MBB Top 5 Plays: Army

@GW_MBB Top 5 Plays: Army (11/22/15)

11/10/2015

@GW_MBB Countdown: Yuta Watanabe

@GW_MBB Countdown: Yuta Watanabe

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!

11/13/2015

George Washington vs. Lafayette, 85-76

NCAA Basketball: George Washington squares off against Lafayette in season opener.

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)

AS A SOPHOMORE AT GW (2015-16): Started all 19 games ... ranks second on the team with 18 blocks ... scored a season-high 19 points, just two off his career-high, in a win over Gardner-Webb (11/24) ... hit a season-high four 3-pointers in a win over Penn State (12/8) to finish with 14 points.

AS A FRESHMAN AT GW (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 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.

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