DENVER (AP) _ Japanese guard Yuta Tabuse signed with the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

Tabuse, from Yokohama, played for Division II BYU-Hawaii from 2000-2002 before joining the Toyota Alvark of the Japan Basketball League last seson.

The 5-foot-9 Tabuse also played in six games in the Rocky Mountain Revue for the Dallas Mavericks last summer, averaging 4.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 13 minutes.

Japan's Yasutaka Okayama was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1981, but didn't join the team.