Last edited by Krampet; February 24, 2013 at 06:38 AM.
Has anyone ever thought about the Kanagawa Prefecture Tournament next year in the series?
Who do you think would go through?
Notable players of each team:
Champions Kainan: Soichiro Jin, Nobunaga Kiyota
Runner-Up: Shohoku: Miyagi Ryota, Rukawa Kaede, Sakuragi Hanamichi
3rd Place: Sendoh Akira, Fukuda Kicchou, Koshino Hiroaki
I'm personally betting on Shohoku winning it next year.
Sakuragi still has a back injury right?
Re-read my post. This question makes no sense.
I know Kainan reached the finals at the end of the series, but a year later with Jin as Captain and no Maki since Maki has graduated I see Shohoku as the best team in the region.
At this far into the Kanagawa tournament I expect Sakuragi's back to have healed since I doubt Sakuragi will be needed for the first 2-3 matches in Kanagawa with Rukawa and Miyagi.
But Sakuragi became simply an amazing player at the end of the series so I expect Shohoku to easily make it to the Final 4 of Kanagawa.
Ryonan would also be awesome.
So he was only on the bench to the 2nd best Point Guard in Kanagawa so he could be a fairly good 2nd year.
I reckon the team that Sakuragi's Middle SChool friend is from, (The guy who hated Sakuragi for starting Basketball lol) would make final 4 or the OVA-only team Ryokufu.
I see Kainan as a massive threat still. Soichiro Jin was the highest scorer in the whole Kanagawa tournament by a good margin.
Thanks to 3pointers, that team is still home to the best scorer in the City.
Sakuragi will guard Jin.
Nobunaga will lead for Kainan in scoring.
Shohoku will win by 4-8 points.
But its a fact that not even Rukawa, Sawakita or Sendoh could stop 3pointers. And remember Jin was an even better Shooting Guard than Mitsui.
So the captain in Jin is seriously dangerous.
With Sakuragi now able to score points from both dunks and shooting like other players, and being the best Blocker and Rebounder in Kanagawa, with Rukawa who can do pretty much everything, Miyagi being now the 2nd best Point Guard in Kanagawa due to Sendoh switching position.
Nobunaga will be marked heavily by Rukawa, something Rukawa can do. He was a bit better than both Nobunaga and Sakuragi.
But overall I do agree with the 4-8 point gap in Shohoku's favour.
You're right they'll share best freshman pick with teams like Aiwa from another city (Aichi) who battered them since they were exhausted and had no Sakuragi, and Kainan who came 2nd.
So both Kainan and Shohoku are going to get at least ONE TOP level freshman.
At the same time, Sendoh & Fukuda are a serious threat. And Koshino was a solid player.
Koshino was similar to Miyagi in the sense that he was good, but just not as good as the top two players in the city in his position.
Koshino is the 3rd best Shooting Guard behind Jin then Mitsui.
Wouldn't Meiou be the more promising school to join in the Aichi region, since there the National Champions and have that freshman monster.
Was Koshino a solid shooting guard? I really don't remember but then again that could be because of Jin and Mitsui level shooting.
So Aichi prefecture would again have favorites to win the Nationals.
I just think Ryonan will defeat Kainan by like 4 points though.
Sendoh is better than Rukawa, Fukuda was said to be the best player by the net or something too.
I watched the anime before following the manga, so I have fond memories of how good Sendoh was. He was fantastic.
I see Ryonan going Nationals and Kainan not making it for the first time in years.
Despite how good Kainan would still be.
That was true before the Nationals and Sannoh match but Rukawa should be a level above Sendoh now. Yeah Sendoh was awesome to wacth play 1 of my favourites characters.
Yeah if Kainan don't get a Rukawa or Sendoh type of freshman joining them next year I don't see making Nationals. Unless Nobunaga improved a lot during the Kainan run to the final.
How do you think Sannoh will do a the Nationals next year? If they don't put in then same block as Meihou or Shohoku I think maybe 3rd/4th.
Doesn't his coach say "the only man who may be able to challenge Eiji Sawakita is you! Moroboshi".
Although Moroboshi thinks he can't, I think its clear Moroboshi is at the Top tier in the Japanese Youth Basket Ball world along with:
Sendoh, Sawakita, Maki, Rukawa, Masashi, Fukatsu, Minoru, Tsuchiya and... Fujima (?)
(Besides Naruto which is sorta based off of Slam Dunk anyway)
I don't see Sakuragi and Rukawa losing to the "threat" of Mikio at all. Mikio needs to add so much more to his game.
It'll be one-man-show for Sawakita although we should expect Sannoh to get at least one top freshman.
I think Best 4 will be Shohoku, Sannoh, Ryonan & Meihou.
Which players do you think representative Japan?
Last edited by Demon Roronoa Zoro; April 05, 2013 at 07:42 PM.
Maybe I am overrating Sendoh, but only slightly!
Sendoh was just ridiculously awesome. but due to making it to the All-Japan team I can agree Rukawa can edge him out.
I think next year's Team of Kanagawa will be:
Soichiro Jin, Rukawa Kaede, Sendoh Akira, Miyagi Ryota, Sakuragi Hanamichi
I just think now that Sakuragi can do everything now except 3pointers and the fact that he has that crazy vendetta against Rukawa for pretty much no reason his improvement along with Rukawa's is just going to sky-rocket like last years.
The All-Japan Team is going to have subs so are talking about this years team or next years?