Friday, August 03, 2012

BOT names Chou Po-hsun top draft pick

[Chou Po-hsun, center, was top pick in the draft. Lin Yao-tsung, left, went to TM while Sung Yu-hsuan went to KKL at No. 3.]

Bank of Taiwan surprised everyone with its selection of 196cm forward Chou Po-hsun, a senior at Mindao University, as the top draft pick in the 2012 SBL draft on Aug. 1 in Taipei.

Chinese Culture University shooting guard Sung Yu-hsuan, who was the odds-on favorite as the No. 1 pick, went to KKL at the third pick. Taiwan Mobile picked up Lin Yao-tsung of Mindao University at No. 2.

Only eight players were selected in the annual draft.

BOT skipped Sung and gambled on Chou for his athleticism and because BOT desperately needed to shore up its front line, according to assistant coach Hsiao Wei-chieh. Hsiao attended the draft for head coach Wei Chen-ming, who was absent due to personal reasons.