Saturday, March 10, 2007

Wu Dai-hao leaving BYUH

Words from several local new outlets reported that Wu Dai-hao, who finished his sophomore season in Div-II BYU-Hawaii Friday after a loss in the NCAA Div-II Regional Tournament, will be coming back to Taiwan.

Rumor said 6-9, 260 pound Wu will leave BYUH, play for ETSN, his old team, for a year and join Taiwan Beer next season. It's believed that Taiwan Beer has been contacting Wu constantly during his sophomore season.

Does Wu come back to Taiwan for homesickness or just playing for money? There's no way to know so far. However, I think he should play for BYUH for at least one more year to hone his skill. In the long run it will benefit Wu that he receives as much instruction and coaching from U.S. basketball.

Wu played 36 minutes and had 9 point, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and two steals in BYUH's 71-68 loss to CSU-San Bernadino in Arcata, California, where the West Regional opening round of 2007 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship was held.

If Wu is coming home, obviously he did not end his two-year U.S. college career on a high note, committing five turnovers and missed two of three free-throws in the last 1:32 of the game.

BYUH, which received an at-large bid as the 7th seed, finished the 2006-07 season 20-8.

Wu Dai-hao finished his sophomore season with the Seasiders averaging 10.6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game, up from 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds last season when he was named Freshman of the Year in the Pacific West Conference (PWC).

No. 2 seed Cal State San Bernardino battled back from a six-point deficit, rallying in the final six minutes to claim the win and advance to the semifinal against Seattle University.

NCAA announces 2007 selections
2007 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship bracket