|Height||168 cm (5'6")|
|Weight||59 kg (130 lb.)|
|Manga Debut||050. "The One Who Came Late"|
|Anime Debut||020. "Basketball Shoes"|
|Japanese Voice||Yuku Shioya|
|English Voice||Tony Daniels|
Fourth Brillantes Lee (GMA Dub)
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Ryota Miyagi (宮城 リョータ Miyagi Ryōta) is Sakuragi's closest friend on the team. After an initial misunderstanding that caused conflict between them (he was fighting Mitsui when Sakuragi and Ayako came around, and he thought she was dating him), both found comradeship in the fact that they had both been unlucky in love, although Miyagi, having only been rejected 10 times, still falls short of Sakuragi's record who was rejected 50 times.
Like Sakuragi, Miyagi is motivated to play by his love for a girl: his best friend and classmate Ayako, the manager of the team, whom he refers to as "Aya-chan". He has been known to pose for Ayako during matches. Off-court, Miyagi has a reputation for being a bad boy. He was hospitalized for a while after his fight against Mitsui's gang.
He also shares a similar level of arrogance with Sakuragi, claiming to be the number one point guard in the prefecture, though popular opinion among characters in the series ranks him just behind Shinichi Maki of Kainan and Kenji Fujima of Shoyo.
Miyagi is one of the best point guards in the Kanagawa Prefecture. Despite his small build, he was able to keep up with Kenji Fujima of Shoyo and Shinichi Maki of Kainan because of his speed and on/off court awareness. Because of his incredible speed and skills, he was nicknamed as "Lightning Flash Riyota" by some other players. His abilities as a Point Guard were so great that many players such as Sendoh of Ryonan and Maki of Kainan even quoted that he is a player not to be reckoned with.
In the series he is often pitted against taller point guards (Toyotama's Daijiro Itakura, for example, spent nearly the whole match picking on his height as an attempt to sap his focus away) but he is able to beat them with his incredible speed. Miyagi becomes the captain of the team after Akagi and Kogure leave the team.
Even as a small player, Miyagi was able to beat players taller than him like Sakuragi, Hanagata and Hasegawa with his speed and his signature "fake shot". He also has the ability to break up a double team, as seen in the match against Sannoh when he was being double teamed by Fukatsu and Sawakita using a shallowed dribble.
His speed even surpasses that of most players like Sendoh, Fujima and even Fukatsu as he was able to run back and forth the court despite oncoming pressures of the defensive side.
Miyagi is also an excellent defender, as seen in the latter halves of the series. He was able to steal the ball from players like Maki, Fujima and even Sendoh.
- Miyagi is likely based on former NBA player Muggsy Bogues with Miyagi's shortness in height but ability to use his quickness to get by his defenders.
- In the English Dub of the anime, Sakuragi calls his given name "Ryota" instead of "Ryo-chin".
- In the 10 Days After, he read a book about types of leaders. When he read about the strict type of leader, he applied it to himself, becoming stricter than Akagi. However, this was not well-received by Mitsui and the two would fight and is hard to separate.
- In the Filipino Dub, he and Akira Sendoh are voiced by the same voice actor, Fourth Brillantes Lee as he provides Miyagi's voice to match Yuko Shioya's performance in the Japanese dub.