Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Chen Hsin-an signs with Orange County Crush, SFX

Orange County Crush of the American Basketball Association signed Taiwanese player Chen Hsin-an(aka Sean Chen) to its training camp, making Chen the first player to sign with a North American ballclub.

SFX Basketball Group also announced that Sean Chen has chosen SFX Basketball as his worldwide representative.

The 6-5 Chen participated in the Sacramento Kings preseason training camp in October 2002, becoming the first player from Taiwan invited to an NBA training camp. Chen tried out for the Denver Nuggets summer league in the summer of 2003 and practiced with the National Basketball Development League’s (NBDL) Mobile Revelers.

“We are honored that Sean has chosen SFX Basketball to represent him,” said John Kim, Manager of Asia Pacific Divison. “It is our belief that Sean’s talent and ability make him a natural to play in the NBA.

“I chose SFX because they are the best in the world at representing professional basketball players,” said Chen. “It has long been a dream of mine to play in the NBA and I feel that SFX was the best choice to help me fulfill that goal.”

Chen, 24, is a member of the Taiwan National Team and plays for club team, Yulon Dinos. In 2004, he led Yulon to the SBL title and was named to the Asia-Basket All-Taiwanese SBL 2nd team, as well as to the Taiwanese Super Basketball League All-Star Game squad. In 2001, the Chen-led Dinos captured the A-League title. Chen was named MVP of the series.

Prior to joining the Dinos, Chen played for the Bank of Taiwan in the Amateur League. In 1998, he was named by the Asian Basketball Confederation as the most promising Asian junior player, along with NBA All-Star Yao Ming.