WATCH: Hachimura scores 31 in win for Japan

Rui Hachimura scores 31, Japan beats Germany
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By 106.7 The Fan

These are not two well-known basketball powerhouses, but it is something. 

The Washington Wizards top draft pick Rui Hachimura scored 31 points over the weekend to help Japan beat Germany 86-83.
Neither of these teams will make noise at the upcoming FIBA World Cup, but these highlights present some good signs for Wizards fans.

Quick look at Rui Hachimura's 31-point outing in Japan's exhibition win over Germany. Polished mid-range scorer who gets to inside-the-arc pull-ups on command. 2-for-3 from distance is a good sign for the Wizards rookie, especially the above-the-break, on-the-hop 3. pic.twitter.com/bHeMhFHa1c

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Why is this a good sign? This is a young player doing very well on a big stage in front of a raucous crowd of 18,355 in his home country. All of that takes moxy, an attribute coveted around professional sports. 

Washington's 21-year-old rookie added five rebounds and two steals.

Former George Washington University standout Yuta Watanabe (a two-way player for the Memphis Grizzlies) added 20 points, six boards, and two steals for the home side. 

Hachimura did not play in Japan's final tune-up game before the World Cup, a 78-76 loss to Tunisia. 

Washington made Hachimura the first Japanese-born player to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft earlier this summer, taking him with the 9th overall pick.
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