|Japanese Voice||Hideyuki Tanaka|
|English Voice||Christopher Ralph|
Ed Belo (TV-5 Dub)
Francis Ibanez (GMA Dub)
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Kiminobu Kogure (木暮 公延 Kogure Kiminobu) is Shohoku's vice-captain and a good friend to Akagi since Middle School. He and Akagi are the only two players who have been on the team for all three years - Mitsui left during their first year, while other players quit the team because they found Akagi's training regimen to be too strenuous.
Along with Miyagi and Ayako, he always tries to bring out the best of Hanamichi's talent. He is gentle, empathic, and always friendly, and is almost never seen without his glasses on (this is why Sakuragi calls him "Megane-kun" which loosely translates as "glasses-wearing guy"). However, when needed, he shows notable willpower and brutal honesty, such as when he barely flinched after being slapped twice and cruelly insulted by the embittered Mitsui during the gym fight.
Despite spending a lot of time on the bench, Kogure brings experience and considerable firepower to the team when he's on the court. He is the player most likely to be subbed in to replace one of the starters. A pretty good shooter and tactician; he hit a crucial three-pointer against Ryonan.
Kogure can be seen as the sixth man of Shohoku
- In the original English Dub of the anime, He with Mitsui and the other basketball players are called their surnames instead of their given names.
- He was the recipient of Sakuragi's passes when the latter's intentions contradicted Coach Taoka's predictions. The first was during the practice match against Ryonan. It is simply because the latter just don't want to pass the ball to Rukawa. The second was during the real match against with Ryonan. This time, Sakuragi trusted Kogure who was open for a 3-pointer which he made, because Rukawa and Akagi were tightly surrounded. The 3-pointer gave Shohoku enough momentum to hold on to their lead and eventually, win the game.
- In the Filipino Dub, Sakuragi calls him, "Labo".