Lo­cal player signs with Philip­pines pro hoops team: re­port

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

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.

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