Burrell wins MVP honors in Japan basketball league

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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.