Al Galdi of The Morning Blitz explains what the Wizards taking Rui Hachimura with the 9th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft tells us about how the team views itself…
But who is Rui Hachimura and what should we like about him?
Rui is a 6’8″ forward out of Gonzaga, he is the first Japanese-born player taken in the first round of an NBA Draft in league history. He’s is a high-IQ, high-motor player who makes plays around the rim and who can shine via the mid-range shot. He shot 60.7 percent on twos over his three seasons with the Bulldogs.
Hachimura for Gonzaga started all 37 of the Bulldogs’ games in 2018-2019 and averaged a team-high 19.7 points per game. He was second to Brandon Clarke with 6.5 rebounds per game. But it was Hachimura, not Clarke, who was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year. And it was Hachimura, not Clarke, who was named to all four of the major All-America teams. Hachimura was a second-team All-America per the Associated Press and a first-team All-America per the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the Sporting News (TSN), and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
He’s physical and tough. The guy has a 7-2 wingspan, a great physique and huge hands. He finishes through contact – he converted 25 and-ones over his 37 games for Gonzaga in 2018-2019. He generated 7.9 free-throw attempts per 40 minutes last.