Local player signs with Philippines pro hoops team: report
Taiwanese basketball player Chang Tsung-hsien ( ) has signed a contract to officially join a Philippines professional basketball team to play for the upcoming Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors Cup next month, a local newspaper said yesterday.
Chang, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Yilan, told the Chinese-language Apple Daily that he is excited to be able to seal the deal with the Kia Carnival of the PBA, the newspaper said in a report released yesterday.
“I am excited and nervous. I am very happy to be able to have the opportunity to play in another country to expand my horizons, which I believe will be beneficial to my career,” Chang told the newspaper.
Chang said he is looking forward to joining the team, adding that he hopes to blend in with the team’s system as soon as possible.
Chang reportedly receives a monthly salary of US$7,000 in the deal with the PBA team, the report said.
The 26- year- old has previously played for Sichuan Jinqiang Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on the other side of the Taiwan Strait.
He left with an average 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists records from 27 games he played for the Chinese team in the past 2014-2015 season.
According to a Sports Interactive Network Philippines report released Thursday, Kia is bringing in Chang as Asian import for the coming PBA Governors Cup after earlier plans to tap a Korean gunner hit a snag at the last minute.
Team manager Eric Pineda said Chang was referred to the Carnival by one of the foreign agents the team has been in touch with over the past weeks.
Better known as “Jet” Chang because of his agility and aerial acrobatics, Chang had previously made history in the U.S. in 2012 by becoming the first Asian player ever to be invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which features America’s top university players and is considered a springboard to the NBA.
Though Chang ultimately went overlooked in the 2012 NBA draft, he left a strong impression on several coaches and scouts during the summer league.