Kei Igarashi

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Kei Igarashi
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Niigata Albirex Basketball
Position Point guard
League B.League
Personal information
Born (1980-05-07) May 7, 1980 (age 37)
Jōetsu, Niigata, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)

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

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)