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Breaking down how Nick Fazekas fared for Japan in the World Cup

Nick Fazekas
Nevada alum Nick Fazekas played for Japan in the World Cup. (FIBA photo)

Team Japan went three-and-out at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, but it was surely still a memory Nevada Wolf Pack alum Nick Fazekas will always remember.

Fazekas became a Japanese citizen last year, which made him eligible to play for Japan in this year's World Cup and next year's Olympics.

Japan lost all three of its game in group play, an 86-67 loss to Turkey, an 89-76 loss to the Czech Republic and a 98-45 loss to the United States. Fazekas started all three games and ranked third on the team in scoring, second in rebounding and second in player efficiency.

Here were his game-by-game stats.

Stats

vs. Turkey: 30 minutes, 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 turnovers, 1 assist, 6-of-9 shooting, 3-of-5 threes

vs. Czech Republic: 28 minutes, 12 points, 10 rebounds, 4 turnovers, 1 assist, 5-of-7 shooting, 1-of-1 threes, 1-of-4 free throws

vs. United States: 16 minutes, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 2-of-8 shooting, 0-of-1 threes

Totals

25 minutes per game, 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 turnovers, 1.3 steals, 0.7 assists, 54.2 percent shooting, 57.1 percent from three, 25 percent from the free throw line

The 34-year-old Fazekas and Japan are expected to get an automatic bid into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as the host country.


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