He Is The Best Player (最高の選手です, Saikō no senshu desu) is the sixty-second episode and the twelfth episode of the 3rd season of the Kuroko no Basuke anime.+
Kaijo is leading by a point. Seirin begins the counter attack in run-and-gun method, suprising the Kaijo and audience. During the counterattack, Izuki passes the ball to Kiyoshi, who using the Right of Postponement passes the ball to Hyuga. When Hguya fakes a three pointer and dribbles through, Kise copying Aomine tries to steal the ball. Kuroko cuts in to pass it to Kagami, who scores in spite of resistance from Kise. Kaijo thinks of using the full 30 seconds rule to score and turn around the score, which directly results in win. Kuroko tries to steal from Kise, who copying Aomine evades and runs into Kagami. Kagami is evaded by two cutbacks using Akashi's Emperor Eye.
Now under the hoop, Kise tries to score using Murasakibara's Thor Hammer, but somehow feels he is being tricked by Seirin, which becomes true when Izuki tips the ball using Eagle Spear. In flashback, Kuroko explains to team, that we found two quirks in Kise's play. Firstly, he copies Aomine instantaneously when in fix, whom he copies best and second one is that he subconsciously avoids using same copies consecutively. Kise refusing to give up passes the ball to teammate who scores. Everyone feels that Kaijo secured the victory but Himuro feels strange that Seirin's bench is still not anxious despite the score. His belief turns into reality when Seirin counter attacks using Kagami.
Akashi explains to Rakuzan teammates that Kuroko induced this play beginning from Seirin's run-and-gun counter attack to Kise being drawn in, to provide Kagami head start to counter attack in the remaining 4 sec. Kise miraculously runs fast to stop Kagami, who tries to score by Meteor Jam. Realizing that he is unable to score, Kagami passes the ball to onrushing Kuroko via backboard, who scores a buzzer beater. Kise contragulates Kuroko and Kagami for reaching finals, with Kuroko acknowledging with Kagami that Kise is the best player.
While leaving from locker room, Kagami realizes he lost his ring and goes to check in the basketball court. Midorima gives him the ring and two talk about the results of their games. Midorima warns Kagami that there are two Akashi's infact and asks him to give his best atleast to make it count against Akashi, before leaving. When Kagami asks Kuroko about what Midorima meant, he dodges saying that he wants to tell about it to entire team. So Seirin gathers in Kagami's flat and Kuroko begins to tell his past chronologically beginning with how he wanted to play basketball and became friend's with Ogiwara , who taught him how to play. He reveals that Ogiwara quit the game because of him.
Characters in order of appearance
Manga and Anime Differences
- Kuroko watching the television about basketball is from another angle.
- A part of the cooking scene in the manga is omitted in the anime.