Joji Takeuchi

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Joji Takeuchi
20150808 Joji Takeuchi 1997.jpg
Alvark Tokyo
Position Power forward
League B.League
Personal information
Born (1985-01-29) January 29, 1985 (age 32)
Osaka, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)

Joji Takeuchi (竹内 譲次、born January 29, 1985 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese professional basketball player. He plays for the Alvark Tokyo of the B.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 played professionally with the Hitachi SunRockers of the JBL Super League. In the 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)