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Basketball: Huntley graduate Egekeze signs with Japanese team

Amanze Egekeze
Amanze Egekeze

Former Huntley boys basketball standout Amanze Egekeze is headed to Japan.

Egekeze, who recently graduated from Belmont University, announced on Instagram on Friday that he was signing with the Yokohama B-Corsairs. They are coached by Thomas Wisman, who has been the coach of the national teams of England, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan and Qatar.

"Happy to announce my official signing with @yokohama.b_corsairs in Japan's first league," Egekeze wrote. "So thankful to coach Tom and the entire organization for this incredible opportunity. I appreciate all the love and support already being shown from a lot of the fans, can't wait to meet y'all next month!

Yokohama plays in Japan's first professional basketball league, the B.League, which was formed in 2016 and opens its season in October.

The 2014 Northwest Herald Boys Basketball Player of the Year helped Belmont to the NCAA tournament in his freshman season. The Bruins went to the NIT the next two years but did not participate in a postseason tournament this past spring.

Last month, Egekeze told the Northwest Herald he was hoping for an opportunity in the NBA's summer league, and if not, was prepared to travel overseas to play professionally.

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