Kei Igarashi

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Kei Igarashi
五十嵐圭.jpg
No. 7 – Niigata Albirex BB
PositionPoint guard
LeagueB.League
Personal information
Born (1980-05-07) May 7, 1980 (age 38)
Jōetsu, Niigata, Japan
NationalityJapanese
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolHokuriku
CollegeChuo University
Playing career2003–present
Career history
2003-2009Hitachi Sunrockers
2009-2010Toyota Alvark
2010-2016Mitsubishi Electric
2016-Niigata Albirex BB

Kei Igarashi (五十嵐 圭、born May 7, 1980 in Jōetsu, Niigata, Japan) is a Japanese professional basketball player. He plays for the Niigata Albirex BB 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]

Igarashi averaged 9 points and 3 assists per game for the host Japanese at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.[2] Igarashi scored a team-high 18 points and added three assists in Japan's lone win at the tournament, a 78-61 preliminary round victory over Panama.[3] In his most recent, national team appearance, Igarashi had a team-leading 3.6 assists per game, good for third best overall in the tournament.[4] Despite his performance, Japan stumbled to a disappointing tenth-place finish, its worst ever performance in 24 FIBA Asia Championship appearances.

Igarashi currently plays professionally with the Toyota Alvark of the JBL Super League. In the current 2009-10 season, Takeuchi entered the month-long winter break averaging 9.3 points and 2.9 assists per game for the Alvark.[5] The popular Igarashi was also named to the JBL All-Star Game as the leading point guard vote-getter for the East.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Player Profile at FIBA.com
  2. ^ FIBA Archive
  3. ^ Japan v. Panama boxscore at FIBA.com
  4. ^ FIBA Archive
  5. ^ Kei Igarashi at asia-basket.com
  6. ^ asia-basket.com Archived 2010-01-17 at the Wayback Machine.: "JBL All-Star game rosters set" (December 6, 2009)