NBA player Rui Hachimura announces his sponsorship contract with Nissin Foods Holdings Co. at a news conference in Tokyo on July 22. (Video by Tsubasa Setoguchi)

Rui Hachimura on July 22 showed that he can shoot more than just basketballs.

Wearing a stylish dark suit, Hachimura, 21, showed a Japanese TV commercial of himself hawking instant noodles at his first news conference in Japan since joining the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association.

The Nissin Foods Holdings Co. commercial features Hachimura saying “maidohaya,” meaning “hello” in the Toyama dialect.

“I love that part,” he said at the news conference in Tokyo, announcing his sponsorship contract with Nissin Foods.

He said the company’s Cup Noodles brand was the food he turned to while growing up.

“When you think of Japan, you think of Cup Noodles,” said Hachimura, who made headlines in June when he became the first Japanese player taken in the first round of the NBA draft. “It is an honor to land a contract (with Nissin Foods) as I often had Cup Noodles while I traveled overseas for a tournament and lived by myself during high school.”

Nissin Foods said Hachimura’s challenge on the global stage matched the company’s slogan: “Hungry to Win.”

Hachimura said the commercial was shot during his tight schedule, but he enjoyed the experience.

“It was the first time for me to appear in a TV commercial, but it was fun and I felt like film actor during the shooting.”

Hachimura is expected to train with Japan’s national squad in preparation for the FIBA Basketball Word Cup, which begins on Aug. 31 in China.

“Japanese basketball is now drawing great attention, and an army of good players have emerged,” the forward said. “I am going to work hard to give an impressive performance so that I can be a source of inspiration for children.”

Hachimura, who was born in Toyama Prefecture, graduated from Meisei Senior High School in Miyagi Prefecture before moving to Gonzaga University, an NCAA basketball power in Washington state.

He helped the Japanese men’s national team clinch a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the first time in 44 years.