Joji Takeuchi

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Joji Takeuchi
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Hitachi SunRockers
Position Power Forward
League JBL Super League
Personal information
Born (1985-01-29) January 29, 1985 (age 29)
Osaka, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information

Joji Takeuchi (竹内 譲次、born January 29, 1985 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese professional basketball player. He plays for the Hitachi SunRockers of the JBL Super League. Takeuchi also is a member of the Japan national basketball team, playing for the team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship and both the FIBA Asia Championship 2007 and FIBA Asia Championship 2009.[1] Takeuchi's twin brother Kosuke is also a member of the Japanese national basketball team.[2]

As a 21-year-old, Takeuchi averaged 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the host Japanese at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.[3] Takeuchi has earned a bigger role with the Japanese team over the past four years; his best tournament performance to date was at the FIBA Asia Championship 2009, in which he averaged 9.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.[4] Despite his performance, Japan stumbled to a disappointing tenth place finish, its worst ever performance in 24 FIBA Asia Championship appearances.

Takeuchi currently plays professionally with the Hitachi SunRockers of the JBL Super League. In the current 2009-10 season, Takeuchi entered the month-long winter break averaging 16.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game for the third-place Seahorses.[5] He was also named to the JBL All-Star Game as the leading power forward vote-getter for the East.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Player Profile at FIBA.com
  2. ^ Japan Times: 'Twin Towers' look to rise even higher.
  3. ^ FIBA Archive
  4. ^ FIBA Player Profile
  5. ^ Joji Takeuchi at asia-basket.com
  6. ^ asia-basket.com: "JBL All-Star game rosters set" (December 6, 2009)