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Radbooks
04-12-2019, 04:22 PM
Rui just won the Julius Erving award for best small forward!!!


His mom is with him and so is Mark Few!

CDC84
04-12-2019, 04:46 PM
Congrats Rui! So great to hear that his mom was with him.

Also, congrats to the staff. You did an incredible job developing this kid. Probably the hardest developmental job they've ever had with an overseas player. There wasn't just a language barrier, but MAJOR cultural hurdles that had to be dealt with. According to Few, the hardest thing was teaching Hachimura that it was okay for him to take game winning shots over senior players on the team. In Japan, you always defer to your elders. Even if they are young and just a few years older than you. I can't imagine it was an easy thing to do and an easy thing for Rui to adjust to, but totally necessary in a competitive sport like basketball.

zagbeliever
04-12-2019, 05:16 PM
So proud of Rui and all the challenges he has faced and conquered! Congratulations to him on this well deserved award!

ZagNative
04-12-2019, 06:58 PM
Wow! So cool! What a testament to Gonzaga's mentoring of players!

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/apr/12/gonzagas-rui-hachimura-wins-julius-erving-award-as/

https://media.spokesman.com/photos/2019/04/12/xRUI_t2500.jpg?6913dd5f0afa17a0b7a91a88b4e808d5862 64d13


Gonzaga’s standout junior forward was named the Julius Erving Award winner as the top small forward during ESPN’s College Basketball Awards Show on Friday in Los Angeles.

Erving presented Hachimura with the award while head coach Mark Few, assistant coach Tommy Lloyd, who recruited the Japanese native to Gonzaga, and director of analytics Riccardo Fois looked on in the audience.

“His hands are really big,” said Hachimura, referring to Erving, the Hall of Famer commonly known by his ‘Dr. J’ nickname. “I’m just humbled to be here. I’m so thankful to my coaches here today, my family and my teammates.”

ZagNative
04-12-2019, 08:01 PM
Set your DVR for a replay of the awards show on ESPNU (Comcast Channel 621) at 2:30 A.M.

Zags_Fanatic
04-12-2019, 08:22 PM
This might just be the Ruiest thing I've ever seen. He's a legend.

https://twitter.com/SamAdamsTV/status/1116859666347094016

DixieZag
04-13-2019, 03:58 AM
Congrats Rui! So great to hear that his mom was with him.

Also, congrats to the staff. You did an incredible job developing this kid. Probably the hardest developmental job they've ever had with an overseas player. There wasn't just a language barrier, but MAJOR cultural hurdles that had to be dealt with. According to Few, the hardest thing was teaching Hachimura that it was okay for him to take game winning shots over senior players on the team. In Japan, you always defer to your elders. Even if they are young and just a few years older than you. I can't imagine it was an easy thing to do and an easy thing for Rui to adjust to, but totally necessary in a competitive sport like basketball.

Nicely said.

Reborn
04-13-2019, 06:49 AM
Congrats to Rui and the coaching staff. It must have been awesome for Rui to have his mother there.

Go Zags!!!

Zagdawg
04-13-2019, 07:09 AM
Congratulations Rui ---earned and well deserved!

Zagger
04-13-2019, 07:41 AM
Wow! That's really cool. Congrats to Rui and the program that fosters bringing out the best in everyone - as a team and individually.

jazzdelmar
04-13-2019, 12:17 PM
So, from the 2017 team three players have won these prestigious, positional, national awards. A point guard, center, small forward. One last shot, Tils at PF next season. Now that would be something. Someone tell the Spokesman.

Mantua
04-13-2019, 01:50 PM
You earned every bit of your award, Rui. Thank you for taking us along on you journey. Congratulations!

Zagmother
04-13-2019, 07:22 PM
Here's a link of Rui accepting the award: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmRBRUFntYU

Zagceo
04-17-2019, 03:15 PM
https://i.imgur.com/FDD7qsl.jpg?1