Watanabe Lands on All A-10 Second, Defensive Teams

Oct. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – Senior guard Yuta Watanabe has been named to the All-Atlantic 10 second team and All-Defensive team by a panel of league coaches and media.

Watanabe stakes his claim as one of the top two-way players in the conference as only he, Justin Tillman of VCU and Jared Terrell of Rhode Island earned nods on both the All-Defensive and first or second all-league teams.

The 6-foot-9 Watanabe has already established himself as one of the most versatile defenders in college basketball, having guarded virtually every position on the floor at times during his career. Last season, he earned a spot on the A-10 All-Defensive team after leading GW in blocks (32) and steals (31) while consistently being tasked with guarding the opponent’s best offensive player.

This season, Watanabe will look to increase his scoring load as the team’s focal point on offense, after chipping in 12.2 points per game in 2016-17.

Fans get their first chance to see GW and Watanabe on Friday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. in the Charles E. Smith Center at Colonial Madness. The Colonials then play their lone exhibition on Nov. 4 vs. Fairmont State before officially opening the season on Nov. 10 vs. Howard.