Igarashi wants to lead Japan to the victory
Indeed, the 2006 FIBA World Championship will be held Aug. 19-Sep. 3 on Japanese soil, and Igarashi is thankful that he could be playing in it when he's at peak as a basketball player.
"I have more experience due to my participation in the JBL and also in international matches," the 26-year-old Igarashi said in an interview with The Japan Times. "The World tTournament is a chance for me."
Japan will have to face Germany and Spain, as well as New Zealand, Angola and Panama for its Group B preliminary round games in Hiroshima.