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Taiwanese player impressive in front of NBA scouts at tourney

2012/04/13 22:02:42

Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Taiwanese basketball player Jet Chang played well in his first opportunity to impress NBA scouts in Virgina Thursday at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which showcases the skills of top college seniors hoping for a shot at the pros.

Chang, nicknamed Jet for his speed on the court, had 13 points, four rebounds and a blocked shot for the Sales System Ltd. team in its 74-71 loss to Roger Brown.

He was 6-12 from the floor in 32 minutes of action and finished as the team's second highest scorer.

"Everyone who is attending the tournament hopes to grab the attention of NBA teams and are giving all that they have in the game, so the games are pretty intense," Chang told CNA after the game.

Chang emphasized that many of the players attending the tournament had the same dream to play in the NBA and were hoping to catch the eye of the many scouts at the event.

The Taiwanese native was only one of three players from Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association to be invited to the tournament.

Chang is best known for his exploits in leading Brigham Young University-Hawaii's basketball team to the final of NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship in 2011. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament's Elite Eight.

The Taiwanese native will have another shot to impress scouts on Friday in Virginia when his team plays team Mike Duman in the consolation bracket.

Over 200 basketball players who participated in the tournament have made it into the NBA, including Dennis Rodman, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen and Jeremy Lin.

(By Lung Bo-an and C.J. Lin)
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