Saturday, March 16, 2002

Yulon Signs Four HS Prospects

Having the most explosive player on your side is simply not enough. At least that's what Yulon thinks. In order to complement 2001 MVP Chen Hsin-an, Yulon signs four high school graduates, including Tsun Wen-din, Chen Shi-nian, Chou Shi-yuan and Lee Chi-ming, with each is considered the best player in their position.

With these four incoming players, Yulon is loaded and ready to defend its title in the upcoming 2002 A-League Regular Season, which starts play in early April.

204cm center Tsun Wen-din, who is on the NT roster in his sophomore year, led Tsai-shin HS to this year's HBL: title and was named MVP. Tsun is a smart high post player with sound passing ability. He is expected to be the starting center for Yulon right away.

181cm PG Chen Shi-nian, who led Chan-shu HS to the third place finish, is obviously the best point guard prospect. Chen plays with a court savvy and vision that is hard to find in a high schooler. Some observers say his passing is even better than most A-League starting PGs. However Chen is expected to spend most of his time on the bench, since Yulon currently has two point guards in Chao Jia-chun and Hong Chi-chao.

Chou Shi-yuan, a wing player with sweet shooting stroke, quickness and smooth moves from San-min HS, is the first one to sign with Yulon. The 190cm kid is having a disappointing year. After losing Tien Lei in graduation, San-min not only failed to complete its three-peat quest in HBL, it even didn't make it to the final eight.

Yulon completed its recruiting class by signing 175cm phenom Lee Chi-ming from Pin-tung HS. Dubbed as "Taiwanese Allen Iverson" by the fans, Lee is the leading scorer in this year's HBL, averaging 22.9 points per game. He can slash and dash, break down opponents' defense like a knife anytime. He can also shoot the lights out on any given night. Height disadvantage is the only concern for him in the A-League level.