Golden Kings introduce new players at season opener
The Ryukyu Golden Kings are excited about the start to the new season, which brings a pair of new faces to the reigning Basketball Japan League championship team.
Anthony Kent is new to Okinawa, making the transition from the Aomori Wat’s. He’s onboard, noting the weather here’s been a challenge in making the transition from northern Japan’s snow climate encountered while playing for the Wat’s, and also the Akita Northern Happinets in 2012-2013. The 32-year-old Ohio native says he’s getting used to Okinawa’s humid weather.
The 208cm / 103kg Kent plays forward. He’s a graduate of Paul State university and played at JAS Bordeaux Basketball in 2006 – 2008, Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in 2008 – 2012, Marin Red Claws (D-league) in 2021-2012 and came to Japan and joined the bj league. Kent says I’m so glad and exciting that I became the member of the BJL champion team. I will do my best and will hard work for the team, I hope I will be the member who cheered by such a great supporters”.
Also new to the reigning champion Golden Kings is Hiromasa Omiya. Omiya was born in 1983 and is from Tochigi prefecture. He’s 197cm tall and weighs 92kg. Playing forward, he graduated from Senshu University, played for the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins in 2007-2008, Link Tochigi Brex in 2008-2011, Aisin Seahorse Mikawa in 2011-2013 and Kumamoto Volters until last season. All of Omiya’s former teams are in the National Basketball League of Japan.
“When I first heard of joining the Kings, my first instinct was to join without thinking it twice,” says Omiya,“ and at the playoffs I was able to watch the Kings in action and was impressed not only with their play, but also with their fans and that made me want to be “one of the Kings”. The Tochigi Prefecture native describes the Golden Kings as “the winning team of last year, which may be putting some pressure on, but as well I am experiencing an extremely fresh feeling to be here in Okinawa.” He says that “Although I have almost no acquaintances here and it is an unknown land, I will do all in my power to do my best for our team.”
The Kings first pre-season match was yesterday and the season’s second game is tomorrow against Toyota ALVALK Tokyo at Okinawa City Gym. The venue opens at 5:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. tip off.
Jeff Newton, Yoshiki Yamashiro and Karimata have left the team.