The Bellingham Slam will be putting the international in International Basketball League with the addition of guard Kosei Ban to the team's roster for the 2014 season.
Hailing from Matsuyama, Japan, Ban will be the first Japanese player to suit up for the Slam in the team's history. But he is no stranger to the IBL, as he competed for the Nippon Tornadoes during the previous two seasons as they participated as a travel team in the IBL.
Known for his quickness and ball-handling skills, Ban averaged 10 points and four assists per game for the Tornadoes in 2013. He scored 14 points and picked up eight rebounds in a game against Bellingham last season.
At just 20 years old, Ban will be the Slam's youngest player, and will be using his role with the team as a training opportunity to better learn the style of play that is found in basketball played in North America.