Bullets sign Japanese national team player Makoto Hiejima
On June 29 Andrej Lemanis' Australian Boomers lost their first game in 2 years, a 1-point loss to Japan. Lemanis didn’t know it at the time but one of the architects of that defeat would soon be joining him as part of the reshaped Brisbane Bullets roster for #NBL19.
Makoto Hiejima, the starting shooting guard for Japan and the reigning MVP of Japan’s B League national competition, reached out to Lemanis through former Townsville Crocs coach Shawn Dennis, now coaching in Japan. Hiejima wanted to challenge himself and his game, and he wanted to do it with Lemanis in Brisbane.
In a landmark signing for the club, the 27-year-old Hiejima will join Brisbane under the NBL’s Asian Player rule and be classified as a local player on the Bullet’s roster. Makoto has spent five years with the Afshin Sea Horses in the B League, leading them to the regular season title in 2017-18 before bowing out in the semi-finals.
Hiejima’s signing leaves one remaining roster position for the Bullets, which will be filled with an import small forward.Full story
With both Lemanis and CJ Bruton attending Summer League to see potential player’s in action first hand that search is well under way, although the club is not going to rush the process.