Yuta's NBA Prospects
formerly senioritis
 6/20/2018 6:19:56 PM      Replies: 58

formerly senioritis5/11/2018 10:21:36 AM

Yuta was not included on the NBA's list of 69 players who will participate in the Draft Combine next week.  That was probably to be expected but still disappointing.  I also haven't seen any news about him working out for any NBA teams (it's still early though and sometimes player identities don't leak).  Yuta is being represetned by Joe Smith of Wasserman whose only clients are two 2018 draft elibigle players (Yuta and William Lee, also a Senior, 6-9 PF but he played at UAB).  It looks like Smith is a junior agent at Wasserman who has historically represented players as the secondary agent along with a more senior agent.   This appears to be his first year that Smith has his own slate of players.  Hopefully he has the power of Wasserman behind him.   


gw alum abroad5/11/2018 10:51:09 AM

The first test of Yuta's pro prospects will come at Commencment. If he marches in on crutches, well let's hope that does not happen.

gw05095/21/2018 11:50:20 AM

Working out with the Nets today per Twitter


Good luck to as he works out for the today!


thinker5/21/2018 12:16:30 PM

If Yuta can develop his 3 point shot into a consistent one, then I think he'll have a decent chance of playing in the NBA. He has the length and athleticism already; he'd have to continue to build strength; but otherwise he's a consistent 3 point shot away from having a real chance.


the dude5/21/2018 2:25:06 PM

What Thinker said. Should be fun to see, best of fortune to Yuta!!

craig martinez5/21/2018 4:55:38 PM

Wizards working him out as well.


gw05095/23/2018 7:10:36 AM

GW's Yuta Watanabe is slated to workout for the Wizards Thursday and the rebranded NBA Elite International Camp in Treviso, Italy next month, according to a source.


thinker5/23/2018 3:47:12 PM

Note that the Wizards always work out most of the local players so it's not necessarily the same as another team working him out.


dmv5/23/2018 4:31:50 PM

Don't forget that the NBA would love to have more Chinese and other types of Asians to help them promote the game outside of the USA. Yuta will have the advantage of his ethnicity as he is marketed to the NBA.  As far as I am concerned that is a useful advantage and one that his agent should promote.  


the mv5/23/2018 5:49:31 PM

Agree DMV though I have been consistently saying that this advantage could come into play if Yuta is perhaps slightly worse than a competing prospect, but will not mean anything if this gap is too wide.

lets go5/23/2018 8:41:14 PM

Yuta will also workout for at least 6 more NBA teams before the draft according to this article (if google translate is accurate)


t the tank engine5/23/2018 8:45:53 PM

The Wizards would be smart to sign Yuta.  This isn't bad and actually it's probably good, but has anyone else noticed the prolliferation dumpling places, bubble tea cafes, nail salons and other asian establishments in the DC area?  I think there's a lot of Orientals in and around DC and would guess a lot of them would be spending big money on the Wizards if they signed Mr. Wantanabe.  I'd love to see Yuta playing down at the Verizon Center. They could count on my attendance to at least eight or ten games if Yuta was on the Wiz.

hatchet man5/23/2018 8:54:27 PM

You buying rugs, bro? Then no to the “O” word.


gw alum abroad5/24/2018 6:02:38 AM

Yuta is Japanese (not "Chinese and other types of Asians") and, as Hatchet Man said, he is not a variety of rug. Geesh. 



hatchet man5/24/2018 7:56:39 AM

You buying rugs, bro? Then no to the “O” word.

t the tank engine5/24/2018 9:44:31 AM

Really??? Seriously??? I think most of you understnad my point.  All I'm trying to say is that the Wizards should sign Yuta because he is from Asia and there are TONS of Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and other kinds of Asians in the DC Metro area.  And it just so happens that most of them are rich (or at least have a lot more money than other people) and they love basketball. So a lot of them would spend good money to see one of their own play NBA ball.  I am sure Yuta would be honored to represent.  And because he's been in DC for the past 4 years, he'd probably love to play for the Wizards and has lots of Asian friends in the area.  Also, and being just a regualr white person, I would also pay money to see Yuta play because I know he can ball.  So it's a win-win for everyone. 

By the way, I don't like Trump so let me say here and now, I apologize to anyone that was offended by using the word Oriental. I looked it up and see it's considered incensitive.   

hugh5/24/2018 11:50:26 AM

I honestly can't tell if you're just trolling, because it should be obvious that it's offensive to group all Asians together as one group and not distinct origin groups. Think about if we're talking about white people with European origin and assuming people from France and Germany have the same interests because they're white and European.


brianpaul5/24/2018 12:13:15 PM

T is ah-so, so correct. The only ones who are not rich work laundries and restaurants. Heck, some of them work those jobs just for old times sake, or for summer fun during their college years.

I only go to Chinatown myself, two Sundays out of seven. Because I am only 2/7 Jewish. 

Lamb stew, without the lamb, every other 5 Sundays. 

It's not hate, it's heritage, Hugh. 

alum15/24/2018 12:15:55 PM

Never mind the insane assumption that hoards of "Asians" would flock to the Wizards games to "see one of their own play." Yeah. Lots to unpack here.


brianpaul5/24/2018 12:23:19 PM

But there is a TV market of billions. And billions, and billions.

t the tank engine5/24/2018 2:51:29 PM

Cut it out. I was just saying it would be a good business decsion for everyone involved.  Plus I think Yuta can ball at the NBA level.


dmvpiranha5/24/2018 7:15:51 PM

Yuta's thoughts after his Wizards workout: Link

His English has really improved, even from his postgame interviews after home games. Hope he is able to recover from his ankle injury soon. I always thought defensively he would be able to make it to the NBA but I questioned his jump shot/offensive arsenal which was inconsistent at times. My views on that changed during conference play this season. He started finding different ways to get his points and shot 42% from deep while finishing in double figures every game during A10 play. He could definitely have a nice career as a 3 and D player.


t the tank engine5/24/2018 7:46:26 PM

DMVPIRAHNA, there's no doubt in my mind Yuta can ball in the NBA.  He's got impressive range and will be a top 10% defender.  During his career at GW, he was asked to take a smaller offensive role that he was cabpable of performing.  He should shine in the NBA.  


mike k5/24/2018 7:55:12 PM

Yuta really comes across as a nice guy!  Enjoyed the interview clips. 


the dude5/26/2018 1:14:16 AM

Do I detect a Carl Sagan reference here?

bm5/31/2018 2:15:23 PM

Great article about Yuta's workout with the Nets.


xac5/31/2018 3:37:13 PM

Starting Saturday, Yuta  will be at the NBA Global Camp in Italy.


Some deatils, and list of who else will be there.

NBA Global Camp

It will be a great experience for Yuta.


bm5/31/2018 4:39:02 PM

Looks like only 4 of 40 invitees are from US colleges. 

xac6/3/2018 12:22:49 PM

If you have some time, you can watch Yuta's second game at the NBA Global Camp. He didn't play a lot in the first game, but in this game there are definitely some Yuta highlights.

Game Link

Basically, he plays the first half of each quarter, and it's running time, so the game goes fast. I think he was the leading scorer for his team, but they lost big.


bm6/3/2018 6:06:53 PM

Thanks XAC.  My scoring:


TO (stepped on sideline)
2 (Nice drive & pullup)


TO (stepped on line again)
2 (drive & dunk)

3rd (turned D on)

2+1 (drive & layup)
Forced TO

4th (game was close, but guy with bleached hair decided he was The Man and Yuta's team didn't score much)

Drew Foul
Drew Foul (on attempted alley oop)

Overall a great game by Yuta who showed off ball his handling skills, defense and enthusiasm.  He didn't miss a single shot.  On the negative side, he lost his man a number of times trying to go through (moving) picks and it was clear he shouldn't stray anywhere close to the basket when the massive Euro seven footers were lurking there (he didn't).


lets go6/3/2018 11:37:03 PM

Guy with the bleached hair (Munanga Shekinah who didn't make a field goal) and Marc Garcia were more concerned in their own stats. Neither of them let go of the ball when they got it.   

Yuta showed his selflessness, scoring and defense. I wish he'd be more aggressive though. You should be taking more than 4 shots if you're 100% from the field. 


the dude6/4/2018 1:40:43 AM

Good luck to the amazing Yuta!! Cheering ya on! 


ct colonial6/4/2018 7:06:10 AM

Jonathan Givony from DraftExpress tweeted this yesterday, video included with the tweet as well.  More

Japanese wing Yuta Watanabe going through a NBA range shooting drill at the NBA Global Camp in Treviso. Watanabe measured 6'8 barefoot today. Has had a very solid camp overall, especially defensively.




ct colonial6/4/2018 7:07:29 AM


Updated with hyperlink that (hopefully) works


free quebec6/4/2018 10:01:35 AM

Givony also tweeted (with Boxscore that shows Yuta as his team's leading scorer in the second game):


Day two, game one NBA Global Camp scrimmage boxscore. French guard Adam Mokoka (6'3 1/2 barefoot, 6'10 wingspan) impressed with his freakish athleticism, full-court defense and non-stop energy level. Some nice moments for Japanese wing Yuta Watanabe on both ends of the floor.


dmvpiranha6/7/2018 11:27:06 AM

The Hawks are hosting six players today for a pre-draft workout: Bruce Brown, Miami Matur Maker, Mississauga Prep De’Anthony Melton, USC Cameron Reynolds, Tulane Yuta Watanabe, George Washington Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga


bm6/7/2018 1:32:06 PM

Someone put together Yuta's highlights from the NBA Global Camp game


bm6/14/2018 9:59:17 AM

Article/video on Pacers workout

hatchet man6/14/2018 11:57:05 AM

Hello pornstache!


dmvpiranha6/14/2018 1:42:00 PM

Today's draft workouts: Jaylen Adams - St. Bonaventure Trevon Duval - Duke Jordan McLaughlin - USC Jeff Roberson - Vanderbilt Elijah Stewart - USC Yuta Watanabe - George Washington

the dude6/14/2018 2:14:12 PM

Thoughts on Jaylen Adams NBA chances?

bm6/14/2018 3:15:06 PM

In today’s workout Yuta Watanabe tied ’s record in the three-minute run!

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bm6/14/2018 3:29:23 PM

So Yuta's workouts/camps to date:

NBA Global Camp

Could very well be wrong, but I don't remember any other GW player getting this much eval time with a week to go before the draft.  No call-backs AFAIK so likely still not a draft candidate.


craig martinez6/14/2018 4:25:14 PM

Thats 29 Court Lengths (and change) in 3 minutes. #fitness


cutis6/14/2018 8:37:08 PM

Golden State will pick Yuta at the end of the second round. They were smart enough to pick Steph Curry and they will be smart enough to pick Yuta. The large Asian population in San Francisco will be apoplectic. Yuta will make everyone proud. 

free quebec6/14/2018 8:48:20 PM

cutis, why would the large Asian population in the Bay Area be angry about the Warriors drafting Yuta?  

bm6/15/2018 9:14:29 AM

Japan Times


bm6/15/2018 9:16:36 AM

RT : Footage from today's workout! 🎥

1:17 / 1:17


cutis6/15/2018 3:11:13 PM

I used that word incorrectly. I meant with joy.


gw 186/15/2018 5:22:09 PM

Yuta worked out for OKC also 

bm6/18/2018 8:17:07 AM

Sixers today...

Tomorrow the have six pre-draft workouts: Angel Delgado Nana Foulland Kelan Martin Dakota Mathias Allonzo Trier Yuta Watanabe


free cutis6/18/2018 10:38:04 AM

This is silly, about proper word usage. One word? Cutis, you too, FQ. 99 times out of 100, make smart cogent, 'right minded' comments. Why quibble?

brianpaul6/18/2018 10:53:31 AM

Damn. Just advised a guy on new glasses. Can't see, can't type, and as a 10:00 AM drunk, can't think.

That's me at 10:38.  Not Dudette, not GW Fucker. not Bo, not Moco Observor. Not Longing for Oscar. Well, I'm not yet a board casualty of the board butcher. Not MIA either. Just drunk. 

free quebec6/19/2018 12:46:58 AM

nobody is quibbling.  I didnd’t understand his point, I asked, he explained.  All respectful. Like a message board is supposed to be. 


brianpaul6/19/2018 3:32:08 AM

Maybe. Maybe not. You are a linguist. Cutis is an all-time great poster. I've seen the word used, correctly or not, to convey positivity. The two of you compelled me to look it up. 

Civility has taken a hit here, after being eroded for a long while. Respect has become a rarity. Restoration of respect? Not likely, for the foreseeable future. We shall see. 


squid6/20/2018 5:18:01 PM

I for one am excited for Yuta's pro prospects.


bigfan6/20/2018 6:15:37 PM

Yuta looked great in the second game of that international camp.

NBA would look hard on a one-year player with significantly worse statistics because that's the way they do things. Rather take unproven for upside than tested.

Worried that though he has a big agency behind him, an agent that somehow has no NBA players. Don't know why

he chose him, though Yuta's a smart guy.

He gave his all for us and hurt his pro prospects in the last five minutes of what would wind up to be a meaningless second-round tournament game, so

Yuta deserves all the support and hopes for a pro career and happy life that we can give him. 6:19:56 PM

Yuta is going to be a pro. You nailed it, Squid. You too, BF

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