#FormerColonialWatch: Honoka Ikematsu signs with the Yamanashi Queenbees in Japan


Honoka Ikematsu has signed a contract with the Yamanashi Queenbees of the WJBL. Photo Credit: Thomas Ognibene

Colby Sherwin

YAMANASHI, JAPAN– After a short 2020, former Robert Morris guard Honoka Ikematsu has signed with the Yamanashi Queenbees of the WJBL (Women’s Japan Basketball League), one of the premier women basketball leagues in Japan.

In her four years as a Colonial, Ikematsu, the first Colonial from Japan, put together a solid career. She had a 33-percent three-point percentage and averaged just below seven points per game as well as 1.9 assists per game. Her senior season was cut short due to a leg injury that sidelined her for most of the season.

The JWBL features 12 teams and is split into East and West divisions, with the top four teams in each division advancing to the playoffs.

The Queenbees were the worst team in terms of record in the WJBL at 1-19. They play in Yamanashi, a 14-hour drive from Ikematsu’s hometown of Kumamoto.

The Queenbees’ closest margin of loss was 10 points in 2020. With some better shooting and team play, they could improve and Ikematsu could be someone that could help to turn it around this upcoming season.

Ikematsu becomes the 23rd Colonial to play under Charlie Buscaglia to sign a pro deal and the first since Nneka Ezeigbo signed in Spain last season.

The Colonials went 4-12 last season, falling in the opening round of the Horizon League playoffs to Northern Kentucky.