|“||Hi I am Yakuma. People call me Yakku||”|
—Shigenobu Yakuma, to Momoharu Hanazono
Shigenobu Yakuma (八熊 重信, Yakuma Shigenobu) is a 2nd year center who plays for the Inter-High top challengers Yokohama Taiei High.
He is about 190 cm. He has long dark hair with brown eyes. His jersey number is 11 and wears 'Nike Air Zoom Kobe 1' sneakers.
Not much information is available about his background.
On the team everybody calls him 'Yakku.'
Yakuma is one of the top centers in series. He has amazing jumping power with great shot blocking ability. Similar to Shinichi Chiba, he is difficult to guard. He can also make long range shots.
- The name Yakuma means "thick clouds."
- Yakuma's surname Shigenobu (重信) means "heavy faith."
- "It's not just his height... How long is this guy's arm span?" - to Kaname Shigeyoshi (Chapter 122)
- "So that's the real center... What's with the Afro?" - to Chiaki Hanazono (Chapter 122)
- "What's wrong? Looks like I've been looked down upon." - to Kaname Shigeyoshi (Chapter 124)
- "I like your spirit. But depending on your results, you won't set a foot on the court for the next 3 years, are you okay with that?" - to Yozan Kamiki (Chapter 131)
- "It's really a shame. This is by far the best game we've had in a while. That's why you must make it in the next year Inter-High." - to Momoharu Hanazono (Chapter 138)