YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- American Justin Burrell was named Most Valuable Player in Japan's professional basketball league on Thursday.
The 24-year-old former St. John's forward, a first-year pro, averaged 18.7 points per game in helping the expansion Yokohama B-Corsairs to a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference with a 31-21 record.
Burrell said the award was an honor and he was "so happy to bring this award to an up-and-coming franchise like the B-Corsairs."
The team's American coach, Reggie Geary picked up coach of the year honors. Geary played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs between 1996 and 1998.