Rui Hachimura used to be ridiculed in his birthplace in Japan for his heritage, but this was before he became a professional basketball player. Being biracial meant he did not fit in easily, not to people of Japanese descent and certainly not to people of African heritage. He was right there in the middle, but to each side, he was like a stranger. Through all this, he always knew what he wanted to be – a basketball player. About five years ago he was only a Japanese high schooler who was hoping that one day he will make it into the NBA having excelled at the high school level in his country. Now he is a versatile player for the Washington Wizards and is already giving opponent sleepless nights.
A vacation to the United States when Rui Hachimura was a young boy is what inspired him to love basketball. Before that he used to love and play baseball as a catcher and pitcher. During his trip to the United States, he was amazed at how there were many basketball courts and how popular the sport was, and just like that he developed an interest in the game.
He said to himself that one day he must play in the NBA and with hard work he finally achieved his dream after being drafted by the Washington Wizards. He has already shown the potential of being a great player, and nothing will stop him as long as he avoids injuries.
Rui Hachimura profile summary
- Name: Rui Hachimura
- Date of birth: February 8, 1998
- Place of birth: Toyama, Japan
- Age: 22 years old
- Residence: United States
- Ethnicity: Japanese-Beninese
- Nationality: Japanese-American
- Occupation: A basketball player
Rui Hachimura biography
Hachimura was born on February 8, 1998, in the Toyama prefecture of Japan. As a child, he had to face racial discrimination with other children labelling him black, but he got used to it.
He is proud of his African heritage, and he visited Benin when he was seven years old. Hachimura has three younger siblings, a brother and two sisters. Allen, Hachimura’s younger brother, is a basketball player at Tokai University in Japan.
Rui Hachimura parents
The Japanese national basketball team member’s mother is Makiko, and she is Japanese. Who is Rui Hachimura’s father? His father is Zakari Jabil, and he is Beninese. The two got married and were blessed with four children.
Is Rui Hachimura half Japanese? Yes, he is half Japanese. This is because his parents come from different ethnicities with his father being of African descent from West Africa while his mother is of Asian descent from Japan. This makes Hachimura an African-Japanese.
Primarily, people get nationality by birth. This would mean that Rui is a Japanese national by being born in the country. However, upon moving abroad to pursue a career in the United States, the basketball player had to apply for American citizenship or duo citizenship to be a national of both Japan and the United States.
The fact that he lives in the US gets people asking does Rui Hachimura speak English? He does, although he is not very good at it yet. Furthermore, since his father is from Benin, Rui is also eligible to be a Beninese, so all the options are open to him.
Rui Hachimura stats
Rui Hachimura from Terrace House started establishing himself as a basketballer when he averaged a tournament with a high 22.1 points per game at the FIBA U-17. Before that, he represented Japan in the 2013 FIBA Asia U16 Championship in Iran.
In his last year of junior high, Hachimura helped his school team finish second in a national tournament. After that, he joined a national youth development program and a private boarding school in Meisei with which he won the national championship. During Rui Hachimura interview after the game, he told the reporter that basketball is fun.
In his first season (2016/17) of college basketball playing for Gonzaga, Hachimura had a total of 28 games played. He had an average of 4.6 minutes played per game with a 0.528 field goal percentage. With only 0.286 3-point field goal percentage, Rui’s career started considerably slowly during that season.
His stats were much better the following year. In the 2017/18 season, he played a total of 37 games. He started only two games in that season. He had an average of 20.7 minutes played per game. In those games, he had a field goal percentage of 0.568. His 3-point field goal percentage for the season was 0.192. He had a free throw percentage of 0.795 and 4.7 rebounds per game. Also, he had 0.6 assists per game, 0.5 steals per game, 0.5 blocks per game and 11.5 points per game.
In the third season, Rui started all the 37 games and played 30.2 minutes per game. He had a career-high 0.591 field goal percentage and 0.417 3-point field goal percentage. In that 3rd season, his free throw percentage was 0.739, and he had 6.5 rebounds per game. He also had 1.5 assists per game, 0.9 steals per game, 0.7 blocks per game and 19.7 points per game.
Rui signed for the Washington Wizards in April 2019 after forgoing his final year of eligibility and declaring for the 2019 NBA draft. He managed to be drafted 9th overall by the Washington Wizards becoming only the second Japanese-born player to be drafted into the NBA after Yasutaka Okayama.
He made his debut for the Washington Wizards on October 23, 2019, posting a double-double (14 points, ten rebounds) in his first rookie game. On December 1 that year he scored a career-high 30 points in a 125-150 loss to the Loss Angeles Clippers.
On December 16 he suffered a groin injury while playing against the Detroit Pistons and thus he missed several games. Rui Hachimura injury did not have a significant impact because when he got back, he picked up from where he had left.
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Due to his fast rise, Rui Hachimura is leading in NBA jersey sales in Japan rising above established superstars such as Stephen Curry and LeBron James. He may not be as rich as many other basketball stars, but this is because he was drafted recently but as his reputation grows so will his income.
As of 2020, Rui Hachimura net worth is estimated to be around $1.5 million. Since Rui Hachimura salary is $4.5 million per year, which means he earns about $375 thousand per month.
It is not easy having a childhood filled with discrimination and yet managing to hold on to your dreams and make it in life the way Rui Hachimura has done. He would have easily despaired and turned to crime, but he remained positive and did what he believed in. To him, being biracial was never a curse but a blessing, and he embraced it with both hands. Now he is a role model and idol even to those who ridiculed him back home in Japan.