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Nebrasketball: Keisei Tominaga Signs

Japanese combo guard finds his way to Lincoln after stopping off in Texas

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Northwestern David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Junior College player Keisei Tominaga has officially signed his National-Letter-of-Intent with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The 2021 recruit hails from Japan and currently plays for Ranger College in Texas.

As he was preparing for his second year of American basketball at Texas junior college power Ranger College, Kakegawa, Japan product Keisei Tominaga secured two years of B1G basketball by signing on to play for Fred Hoiberg and Nebraska today. In the same stroke of the pen, Hoiberg landed his marksman of the future.

Tominaga joined the Rangers a year after Billy Gillispie’s club battled its way into the NJCAA Division I national championship contest. Although last year’s Rangers were unable to take that next step nationally, Tominaga helped lead the Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference club to a 28-3 mark a year ago.

While he was adjusting to the rest of the American game, the 6-foot-1 rookie displayed his ability to light it up from anywhere on the floor. Tominaga scored 521 points on 54.9-percent shooting from the floor, 47.9-percent shooting from beyond the arc, and 85.5-percent shooting from the charity stripe. The combo guard averaged 16.8 points an outing and was credited with 71 rebounds, 21 assists, 35 steals, and eight blocked shots on the year.

In his first contest with the Rangers, Tominaga scored 19 points during a 100-84 win over Missouri State University-West Plains. Six games later, he knocked down a season-high 34 points in a 110-60 conquest of Victoria College. Tominaga scored 20 points or better 11 times and scored 28 points in back-to-back wins over Temple College (87-68) and Grayson College (109-66) in February.

Tominaga, who will play for new Ranger coach James Stafford in 2020-21, followed in his father’s footsteps by playing on the Japanese National Team. He is the No. 11 player in the junior college ranks per 247Sports, ranked as the third-best shooting guard nationally, and is Texas’ No. 4 junior college player.

Coach Hoiberg offered the following comments on Tominaga in the press release announcing his signing:

“Keisei is one of the more unique signees in program history, and we are excited to add him to our team. He’s nicknamed ‘the Japanese Steph Curry’ and is truly an elite 3-point shooter with unlimited range and a quick release. Keisei will make an immediate impact not only with his shooting, but also in floor spacing, as it will help us create driving lanes for others.”