Tominaga Named to Final World Cup Roster
Nebraska senior Keisei Tominaga was named to Japan’s final 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup on Monday.
Tominaga, a 6-foot-2 guard from Moriyama Nagoya Aichi, Japan, has been training with the national team since June in preparation for the event, which begins on Friday. Aug. 25. Tominaga is among a handful of NCAA players on their national teams for the event.
Japan has three final friendlies in preparation for the event, taking on Angola (Tuesday), France (Thursday) and Slovenia (Saturday) before their tournament opener against Germany.
Last season, he earned All-Big Ten honors in 2022-23, averaging 13.1 points per game while shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. Tominaga totaled 22 double-figure games last season, including nine 20-point games.
It will mark the third straight World Cup that has featured a Husker basketball player, as Tai Webster (New Zealand) competed in the 2014 and 2019 editions of the event.
MAST HELPS NETHERLANDS TO 78-76 WIN
Nebraska forward Rienk Mast helped the Netherlands improve to 1-1 at the FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament on Monday with a 78-76 win over Belgium.
Mast totaled eight points, seven rebounds and a steal in 17 minutes of work as the Netherlands built a 17-point halftime lead and held on for the victory. Charlon Kloof’s basket with 0.8 seconds remaining broke a 76-all tie, as the Netherlands picked up a much-needed win.
Mast is averaging 8.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in the Netherlands’ first two contests despite being the second-youngest member of the 12-man roster.
The Netherlands concludes group play on Wednesday against Croatia at 9 a.m. (central) and will need a win to advance to the semifinals.