Justin Burrell named Japan MVP

Updated: May 3, 2012, 9:48 AM ET
Associated Press

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- 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 from 1996 to 1998.

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