Ed Odeven Reporting

Intro to a basketball feature from The Japan Times, which was published on Jan. 24, 2019.

As a college freshman, Kai Toews has quickly become a player to pay attention to.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington point guard is one of the elite passers in all of NCAA Division I basketball (351 institutions).

The Tokyo native is averaging 7.7 assists through the first 20 games of the college season, and the Seahawks have relied on Toews to initiate their offense since the season tipped off in November. He is No. 3 overall in Division I in assists per game. The NCAA leader, Ja Morant of Murray State, is averaging 10.7 a game through Sunday.

In Toews’ seventh game, he dished out a career-high 14 assists against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 25. Since then, he’s handed out 10 assists twice (against East Carolina and Davidson) in back-to-back games after the…

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