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Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura Dominates FIBA U19 World Cup

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If Rui Hachimura is able to perform like this during the 2017-18 season for Gonzaga, the Bulldogs might be in business.

The 6-foot-9 combo guard isn’t the fastest or quickest player on the court, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue. Hachimura put on a clinic all week long while representing his native Japan, averaging 19.5 points and 11.8 rebounds during the FIBA U-19 World Cup tournament.

He capped off his impressive showing by nearly leading his team over the favored Italian squad. Hachimura managed to post 22 points and 14 rebounds, including a game-tying three in which he went the length of the court and  sent the game to overtime.

Gonzaga suffered a massive number of casualties from their squad last season. Nigel Williams-Gos, Zach Collins, Przemek Karnowski and Jordan Mathews are all gone.

That means Hachimura might get to see significant playing time in his sophomore season with the Bulldogs.

As a freshman, he averaged only 4.6 minutes per game on a stacked roster. But while he was on the floor, he was effective. Hachimura averaged 2.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in his limited action.

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