Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Jet Chang to make U.S. college debut

Chang Tsung-hsien, one of the most physically gifted Taiwanese players in years, is scheduled to play his first game in the U.S. NCAA. The 6-3 Chang, nicknamed "Jet", is currently a freshman guard in BYU-Hawaii.

BYU-Hawaii will open the regular season on November 18th in Laie against defending NCAA II champion Winona State at 7:30 pm.  The same two teams will meet two nights later at the same time and place for a second game. The Seasiders made it to the "Sweet Sixteen" last season while Winona State has won two of the last three NCAA II titles and finished second in between the two crowns.

Following high school graduation, Chang briefly played for German team BG Goettingen II in 2007 before moving to North America this year.

Chang followed the footstep of Wu Tai-hao, who played for the Seasiders from 2005-07. The 6-9 forward-center helped BYUH to a 20-8 record in the 2006-07 season and an NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance. Wu averaged 10.6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game in 2006-07, his sophomore season, up from 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 2005-06 when he was named Freshman of the Year in the Pacific West Conference (PWC).

Wu left BYUH after his sophomore season and returned to Taiwan to play for ETSN Antelopes. One year later he signed with Taiwan Beer and led the team to the SBL title.

BYUH has been known for recruiting Asian players. Former Phoenix Sun Yuta Tabuse, a Japanese guard, also played for the school before Wu.

Check out BYHU Men's Basketball website at http://sports.byuh.edu/Mens_Basketball