Kaede Rukawa (流川 楓Rukawa Kaede) is the little forward of the Shohoku group, and Hanamichi Sakuragi's opponent. He is the total inverse to Sakuragi — alluring to young ladies, talented at ball, and freezing and reserved, in spite of the fact that he imparts a few qualities to Sakuragi in that they are not scholastically slanted and are acceptable contenders. Despite the fact that he views Sakuragi as a simpleton and the two much of the time get into clashes, he appears to understand that Sakuragi can put his abilities to all the more likely use. Takenori Akagi's more youthful sister, Haruko, really likes him,though she doesn't admit it and he himself is totally unconscious of her sentiments. Rukawa's main pastime outside ball is resting, and he is typically observed snoozing at whatever point he's not on the court since he goes through his evenings rehearsing further. Because of this, he is inclined to nodding off even while riding his bike. He has additionally been in a considerable amount of off-court battles, however can stand his ground. Rukawa will probably be the best secondary school player in Japan, and he considers Sendoh of Ryonan to be his most prominent adversary. He is regularly alluded to as the "super-new kid on the block" and the "pro of Shohoku".
Rukawa is amazingly acceptable at ball, and has a wide scope of aptitudes to supplement his stature, physicality and drive to win. Notwithstanding being just a first-year secondary school player, he is the undisputed pro of Shohoku's group. In the Kanagawa Between high Competition, he was named one of the main five players, the main first-year player so respected. He has changed the course of numerous games, for example, when he without any assistance brought Shohoku once more from a twofold digit shortage against Kainan. Be that as it may, his style is censured as being too narrow minded and solitary wolf, and he now and then gets into struggle with his colleagues for different reasons. This was one reason why Mentor Mitsuyoshi Anzai would not give him his endorsement when Rukawa revealed to him that he expected to go to the US, and advised him to turn into the highest level player in Japan before he even idea of it.When he was outflanked by Sawakita during the match against Sannoh however, he understood that he needed to change his style of play and pass the ball. It was his pass that prompted Sakuragi's ringer beating shot, dominating the match. Rukawa is later named an individual from the All-Japan b-ball group. In the anime he is voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa.
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