|No. 9 – Ryukyu Golden Kings|
|Born||December 23, 1998|
|Nationality||Japanese / American|
|Listed height||207 cm (6 ft 9 in)|
|Listed weight||106 kg (234 lb)|
|High school||ʻIolani School |
|2021–present||Ryukyu Golden Kings|
Hugh Watanabe (渡邉 飛勇, ワタナべ·ヒュー, Watanabe Hyū, born December 23, 1998), also known as Hugh Hogland, is a Japanese-American professional basketball player for Ryukyu Golden Kings of the B.League. He played college basketball for the Portland Pilots and the UC Davis Aggies. Watanabe has been a member of the Japan national basketball team.
Watanabe was born in Waimānalo, Hawaiʻi to a Japanese mother, Sanae Watanabe, and an American father, Matthew Hogland. He played volleyball and baseball as a child but after sustaining an injury, Watanabe gave up baseball and started playing basketball and soccer for fun. He focused more towards volleyball in eight grade and was a standout prep volleyball player. He was a part of the team that finished fifth in a national competition. Watanabe was a member of the USA youth and junior national volleyball teams before he decided to pursue collegiate basketball.
High school career
Watanabe attended ʻIolani School and played four years of varsity basketball for the Raiders. As a freshman, he was a part of the team that won the state championship. As a sophomore, Watanabe helped the Raiders to finish runner-up in the state tournament. As a junior, he led the team to state championship, averaging 14.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.9 blocks per game. In his efforts, Watanabe was named Honolulu Star-Advertiser State Player of the Year, Gatorade State Player of the Year, and the Division I State Tournament Most Outstanding Player. As a senior, he led the Raiders to its fourth consecutive state tournament appearance, logging a double-double average with 15.5 points and 10.2 rebounds, to go along with 4.0 assists and 3.1 blocks per game. Watanabe earned both the All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu First Team and the Hawaiʻi State All-Tournament selection three times and was named to the Iolani Classic First Team twice.
Watanabe attended the University of Portland and played for the Pilots. After redshirting his freshman year, he made his collegiate debut on November 6, 2018, posting two points, six rebounds and a steal. On December 8, Watanabe scored a season-high 13 points in a win over Sacramento State. On February 28, 2019, Watanabe grabbed a season-high nine rebounds against Saint Mary’s. As a sophomore, he averaged 4.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 15.4 minute per game while shooting 53.6 percent from the field.
Watanabe grabbed a season-high five rebounds on November 20 and December 23, 2019. He scored a season-high six points on December 1 and 13. As a junior, Watanabe averaged 2.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 10.7 minutes per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the field.
After earning a bachelor's degree in finance, Watanabe transferred to the University of California, Davis, where he enrolled in the MBA program. Due to NCAA COVID-19 eligibility rules, he had two years of eligibility. Watanabe, who suffered from a hand injury earlier the season, played two games with the Aggies, including one start, averaging 3.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 20.0 minutes per game while shooting 33.3 percent from the field.
Watanabe decided to forego his final year of college eligibility to play professional basketball.
Ryukyu Golden Kings (2021–present)
National team career
After Watanabe’s mother sent an email to the Japan Basketball Association, he was called up to join the training camps of the national team. Watanabe made his international debut for Japan at the 2019 William Jones Cup, where he helped the team win the bronze medal. He suited up for Japan at the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, where he only played in one game. Watanabe was named to the 12-man roster for the 2020 Summer Olympics, where he is set to become the youngest player to represent Japan in basketball.
Watanabe is from a sports family. His brother, Cole, is a middle blocker for the University of Hawaiʻi men's volleyball team. His father, Matthew, played baseball at Southern Oregon. His paternal grandfather, Doug, was an offensive linemen in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions from 1953–58.
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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Power forward Hugh Watanabe, who played college ball at the University of Portland (2018-20) and University of California, Davis (2020-21), will launch his pro career with the title-chasing Ryukyu Golden Kings.
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