By Enzo Flojo

Enzo Flojo is one of Manila’s top basketball bloggers and always has basketball on his mind. He is the only Asian columnist on, maintains a semi-weekly column on the Daily Tribune broadsheet, and also works as a TV basketball analyst for the Philippines' top sports channel, ABS-CBN S+A.

Rui Hachimura Carries Japan’s Basketball Dreams to 2019 NBA Draft

When Rui Hachimura gets picked in the 2019 NBA Draft, he will have bridged both sides of the Pacific. June 20, 2019, is when Hachimura will become the first-ever homegrown Japanese drafted in the NBA. It will truly be a landmark achievement, unprecedented in the annals of Japanese basketball. There have been NBA players of…