Japan's PG Yuki Togashi Coming To Dallas

Yuki Togashi, a 5-6 fan favorite in his native Japan, is heading to DFW with plans to join the D-League Texas Legends, Mavs sources tell DB.com.

Point guard Yuki Togashi is slated to join the D-League's Texas Legends following his arrival in DFW this week, according to sources with the Dallas Mavericks, with whom the 5-6 point guard spent Summer League in Las Vegas this offseason.

The off-season player limit is 20, and the Mavs entered this weekend with 19. The 15-man limit begins at the start of the regular season, so it's possible Yuki will participate briefly with the Mavs in preseason. (Dallas hasn't announced that he's signed an NBA "training-camp contract'' with the Mavs, but we are told the contract was filed with the league a week ago. Whether he participates in camp and plays in the preseason or not, it's likely he's formally a Mav before he becomes a Legend. That's relevant contractually, as it provides the Legends with a priority claim on him for the D-League, as he can be signed without being drafted, if he's signed before the draft occurs after being waived by the Mavs.)

Yuki, 21, played high school basketball in Maryland (at Montrose Christian School, the nationally-ranked program that once featured Kevin Durant) before returning to his native Japan, where he's been an All-Star and MVP in the 'bj League.' In July, he appeared in four games, averaging four points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

“He’s a celebrity in Japan,” Stu Vetter, Togashi's high school coach, told a Maryland paper. “He was considered one of the best young players to ever come out of Japan.”

Yuta Tabuse is the only Japanese native who has played in the NBA in 2004; he appeared as a guard in four games with the Suns.

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