Justin Knox signs for San-en NeoPhoenix

Justin Knox has signed for San-en NeoPhoenix of the B-League 1, the top-tier of Japanese basketball. Knox was most recently playing in South Korea for Wonju Dongbu Promy.

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Justin Knox was a Graduate Transfer at Carolina, after gaining his degree at the University of Alabama. Knox is an overseas veteran with over a decade’s experience in professional basketball that has taken him all over the world.

Knox spoke to Ceiling is the Roof about his move to Japan:

“I’m excited about it. Looking forward to see what the type of skill level is played in Japan versus South Korea. I want to get this team to the playoffs and a championship!”

Justin Knox on his move to San-en NeoPhoenix.

Knox has played in Belarus, Turkey, Netherlands, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Italy, Bulgaria, South Korea and now Japan. He told Ceiling is the Roof, why he chose to play in Japan:

“Thought it was a good opportunity to play in Japan with a team that wants me as the primary contributor to the team.”

Justin Knox on reasons for joining San-en NeoPhoenix

In Knox’s one year at North Carolina, he came off the bench 6.1 PPG in 14.4 MPG for a team that reached the Elite Eight that season.

Knox just finished his season in South Korea playing for Wonju Dongbu Promy, who finished with a 24-30 record and one position outside the playoffs. The previous season Wonju Dongbu Promy were Co-Regular Season Champions of the KBL (season finished early due to Covid-19).

Two Points put together Justin Knox’s highlights for the 2020/21 Season in the Korean Basketball League.

YouTube – Two Points

Knox has been able to light it up this season, including a season-high of 33 points. Knox’s last game of the season, he scored 12 points in 10 minutes coming off the bench in a win against Goyang Orions.

Justin Knox will be joining James Michael McAdoo in Japan after he recently signed a contract extension at Hitachi Sun Rockers. Last season, Jawad Williams also played in the Japanese B-League 1.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
PALLACANESTRO TRIESTE (ITALY)2018/1917.110.424.290.68
TRENTO (ITALY)2019/2022.110.575.190.59
WONJU DONGBU PROMY (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2121.613.946.780.69
Statistics are up to date as of April 20th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

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