Yudai Baba (馬場 雄大, Baba Yūdai, born November 7, 1995) is a Japanese professional basketball player for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the University of Tsukuba. Baba has been a member of the Japan men’s national basketball team.
Baba played at Toyama Daiichi High School where his father, Toshiharu Baba, was the head coach at that time.
Baba played for the men’s basketball team of the University of Tsukuba. In 2015, he was a part of the team that won the 67th All Japan Intercollegiate Basketball Championship. In 2016, Baba, along with teammate Shusuke Ikuhara, received the best player award as Tsukuba won the 68th All Japan Intercollegiate Basketball Championship for the third time in a row.
On June 30, 2017, Baba joined the Alvark Tokyo of the B.League. On November 17, he scored a career-high 22 points on 50 percent shooting from the field, to go along with seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block across 27 minutes in an 81–76 loss to Levanga Hokkaido. On December 24, Baba had 14 points and a career-high three blocks in a 62–60 loss to the Hitachi Sun Rockers. Baba helped Tokyo defeat the Chiba Jets Funabashi to claim their first B.League championship title, tallying 14 points and three steals in the final game. Following his impressive debut season, Baba was named Newcomer of the Year.
On October 17, 2018, Baba scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out a career-high 10 assists and tacked on three steals in a 79–74 loss to Link Tochigi Brex. On December 23, Baba had 21 points, three rebounds and five assists in a 69–68 victory against the Yokohama B-Corsairs. He recorded a career-high in playing efficiency rating with 28. On February 1, 2019, he grabbed a career-high nine rebounds versus the Fukuoka Rizing. On March 30, Baba had a career-high six steals in a win against the Akita Northern Happinets. Baba led Tokyo to back-to-back championship titles. He was eventually named B.League Final MVP, after logging 12 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals in the final game against the Chiba Jets Funabashi. Baba was also named the season’s Best Sixth Man.