East Asia Super League aims high, from startup to Big 3


              FILE - Japan's Yuki Togashi, left, competes against China's Zhang Zenlin during their FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers Group B match, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Sendai, northeastern Japan.  The East Asia Super League is set to launch next October featuring some of the region’s biggest domestic clubs. It’s banking on Asia’s home-grown talent to grow from an invitational event to the world’s third-biggest basketball league. One is the so-called Golden Boy of the Philippines. Another is the first 100 million-yen-a-season basketball player in Japan Togashi.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
            
              Japan's Yuki Togashi, center, and his teammates greet after their FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers Group B match against China, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Sendai, northeastern Japan. The East Asia Super League is set to launch next October featuring some of the region’s biggest domestic clubs. It’s banking on Asia’s home-grown talent to grow from an invitational event to the world’s third-biggest basketball league. One is the so-called Golden Boy of the Philippines. Another is the first 100 million-yen-a-season basketball player in Japan, Togashi. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
            
              FILE - Philippines' Terrence Romeo, right, challenges for the ball against China players Hu Jinqiu, center, and Guo Ailun, left, during the FIBA Asia Cup 2017, at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex, in Zouk Mosbeh north of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.  The East Asia Super League is set to launch next October featuring some of the region’s biggest domestic clubs. It’s banking on Asia’s home-grown talent to grow from an invitational event to the world’s third-biggest basketball league. One is the so-called Golden Boy of the Philippines Romeo. Another is the first 100 million-yen-a-season basketball player in Japan.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
            
              Japan's Yuki Togashi, center, with Yuta Watanabe, left, and Rui Hachimura, right, reacts after their team's loss to Slovenia, during the men's basketball first round game at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on July 29, 2021 in Saitama. The East Asia Super League is set to launch next October featuring some of the region’s biggest domestic clubs. It’s banking on Asia’s home-grown talent to grow from an invitational event to the world’s third-biggest basketball league. One is the so-called Golden Boy of the Philippines. Another is the first 100 million-yen-a-season basketball player in Japan Togashi. (Kyodo News via AP)
            
              Japan's Yuki Togashi (2) plays during their FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers Group B match against China, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Sendai, northeastern Japan. The East Asia Super League is set to launch next October featuring some of the region’s biggest domestic clubs. It’s banking on Asia’s home-grown talent to grow from an invitational event to the world’s third-biggest basketball league. One is the so-called Golden Boy of the Philippines. Another is the first 100 million-yen-a-season basketball player in Japan Togashi. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
East Asia Super League aims high, from startup to Big 3