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    Jeremy Lin - Harvard
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    Position: Guard
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 180
    Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.
    High School: Palo Alto
    House Affiliation: Leverett



    Sophomore (2007-08)

    Earned the team’s Raymond P. Lavietes ’36 Most Valuable Player Award ... Named All-Ivy League Second Team ... Only player to start all 30 games ... Ranked among the Ivy League leaders in points (12.6 ppg), shooting percentage (.448), assists (107), and assist-turnover ratio (+1.30) while leading the league in steals with 58 ... He also ranked among the league leaders with 12 blocked shots during league play ... Made first career start at #21/23 Stanford 11/9 ... Had 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting (3-6 3PT) against UC Santa Barbara on 11/10 ... Had a career-high 17 points on 6-for10 shooting to go with a career-best five assists in a win over Northwestern State 11/11 ... Had career highs of 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists (1 turnover) in 35 minutes against Mercer on 11/16 Named to the Ivy League Honor Roll 11/21 ... Had 15 points and four assists at Holy Cross 11/20 ... Had nine points, six rebounds and five assists in a win over Michigan 12/1 ... Named to the Ivy League Honor Roll 12/17 ... Had 17 points in 25 minutes at Long Island 12/13 ... Had 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals versus Vermont 12/16 ... Played 43 minutes against UC Irvine 12/30 and had 20 points (9-13 FG), 13 rebounds and five steals ... Dished out eight of his nine assists in the first half against Dartmouth on 1/5 as the Crimson built a 19-point halftime lead ... Had 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes in a win over Colgate on 1/8 and was named to the Ivy Honor Roll on 1/14 ... Had 17 points and nine rebounds at Princeton on 2/02 ... Had 15 points and four steals versus Cornell on 2/15 ... Named Player of the Week on 2/25 after consecutive 20-point games ... Had 20 points (seven rebounds) including a layup with 9.1 seconds left in regulation of a 76-67 overtime win over Princeton on 2/22 ... Had 21 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals versus Penn on 2/23 ... Named to Ivy Honor Roll on 3/11 ... Had nine points, seven boards, seven assists and three steals versus Brown on 3/08 ... Had game-high 19 points with five boards, four steals and three assists versus Yale on 3/09.



    Kelvin Kim - UCSD

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    Guard - G
    Height: 5-10
    Weight: 170
    Previous Affiliations
    El Toro HS
    UCLA
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    Quote Originally Posted by jxuusa
    Also Kelvin Kim, who is a PG at UC San Diego. The kid walked on at UCLA for his freshman year, and then transfered to UCSD. He's been their starting PG since and has been putting in decent stats (though UCSD is a D-II) school. And then there are countless other Asians (be they Asian-American or just pure Asian) that play in the lower ranks like D-III and NAIA.




    AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2006-07: Played in all 27 games for the Tritons, starting 24, during his first year at UCSD... started and played 26 minutes in his UCSD debut at San Diego State on November 15... scored six points and pulled down three rebounds in the loss to the Aztecs... started and played a career-high 46 minutes in the double overtime loss at Grand Canyon on November 20... scored six points and dished out four assists in the loss to GCU... scored four points, pulled down two rebounds, dished out two assists and had two steals in 35 minutes of play during the 62-52 victory over 4th-ranked Seattle Pacific on November 24... had a career-highs of 12 points and seven assists in the 61-60 victory over 2nd-ranked Montevallo on November 25... scored nine points and dished out five assists in the 76-72 win at home over Cal State Stanislaus on December 2... had six points, two boards and five assists in the 53-50 loss at home to Hawaii Pacific... scored 11 points and dished out two assists in the 59-54 win at Cal State L.A. on January 12... had five points and six assists in the 69-63 upset victory over No. 12 CSU San Bernardino on January 19... netted a career-high 15 points and six assists in the 60-54 loss at home to No. 24 Cal Poly Pomona on January 20... had 10 points and two assists in the loss at CSU Monterey Bay on January 27... set a new program and career-high with 55 minutes played, scoring 23 points with six assists and three rebounds in leading UCSD to a 116-103 quadruple-overtime win at Cal State Stanislaus... sent the game into the third overtime period on a jumper with two seconds left in the second overtime... provided even more dramatics at home on February 6 against Cal State Dominguez Hills, coming up with a steal on the Toros final possession of a tie game, driving the length of the court, drawing a foul, and hitting the game-winning free-throw of UCSD’s 45-44 victory... scored double-digit points in three straight games from February 6 through February 10 and again from February 17 through February 24... scored 15 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting and added eight assists in the Triton’s Spirit Night win over Sonoma State... scored 19 points with six assists, three rebounds, and two steals on February 17... set a career-high with four rebounds while tying a career-high of eight assists and scoring eight points in UCSD’s 100-82 win over Cal State Monterey Bay... led the Tritons on the season with 3.8 assists per game.




    Japeth Aguilar - Western Kentucky
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    Height / Weight: 6-9 / 210
    Hometown: Pampanga, Philippines
    Position: Center



    Looking Back: The first Filipino-born basketball player ever to be recruited by a Division I program ... As a sophomore at Ateneo de Manila University, Aguilar averaged 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per contest to help lead the Blue Eagles to an 11-5 finish in 2005 ... Scored in double digits on three occasions, while he just missed a double-double twice after posting nine points and a career-best 10 boards in Ateneo’s season opener as well as 10 points and eight rebounds later in the year in a win over Far Eastern University ... Shot 55.4 percent (36-of-65) on the season, and he was credited with multiple blocks in 12 of the Blue Eagles’ 16 games — that included a career high of seven as well as two other contest with five or more ... He led the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines in rejections his sophomore season ... Saw limited action as a freshman at Ateneo due to appendicitis, but still managed to score 11 points, grab 11 rebounds and block 10 shots in only 51 minutes of action ... On the international level, Aguilar is expected to be part of the Philippine National Team as it attempts to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing ...Aguilar’s father, Peter, was a longtime player in the Philippine Basketball Association.


    Xu "Max" Zhang - UC Berkeley
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    Hometown: Yantai City, China
    Height / Weight: 7-2 / 220
    Position: Center




    High School: Zhang was selected to China's high school all-star team after averaging 23.5 ppg, 13 rpg and 6 bpg in the CIAA Chinese League ... played in both Nike and adidas camps in China ... one of seven players chosen out of the adidas camp to travel to a camp in the United States, making his first visit to the country with a trip to Atlanta in the summer of 2005 ... graduated from high school in 2006 and returned to the U.S. in 2006 to study at the American English Academy in Monterey Park, Calif. ... played for the California Supreme AAU team, ranking third in both rebounds (43) and blocks (10) at the Cactus Classic in May 2007 ... also played briefly with the LA Impact AAU team in the summer of '07.
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    Name : Bassel Bawji
    Position: Forward
    Height: 6-8
    Weight: 225
    Hometown: Beirut
    High School: Klein Collin Tigers




    Bassel Bawji, a power forward, signs a letter of intent to play in Tulsa.

    Doug Wojcik wrapped up Tulsa's 2008 recruiting class by signing power forward Bassel Bawji to a letter of intent on Thursday.

    Bawji, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward from Beirut, Lebanon, played this past season at Houston's Klein Collins High School. He averaged 12 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Tigers.

    "I really feel good about my decision of signing with the University of Tulsa," Bawji said. "I visited (Tuesday) and it was a great university with a great atmosphere."

    Bawji canceled a weekend recruiting trip to Seton Hall. Winthrop and Loyola-Marymount were also courting him.

    "Bassel fits our needs," Wojcik said. "He's a skilled four-man with a lot of toughness."

    Bawji's high school coach — Tim Schumacher — agreed.

    "He can shoot the ball facing up from the 3 and he has good skills for a bigger guy," Schumacher said. "His best attribute is his toughness and ability to rebound. Put that with his European touch, that's his strength."

    Wojcik discovered Bawji after he had a 14-point, 18-rebound performance at a Houston-area all-star game. Junior Joey Kieval's family told the TU coach, who had Bawji scouted at an AAU event a few days later.

    "He really pursues the ball," Wojcik said. "If a kid plays really hard, that's a skill in itself to me. Throw in his IQ for the game and it's a great combination."

    Bawji is expected to attend Tulsa in the summer, and join four other incoming recruits — forwards Armond Battle (6-7, 180) and Joe Richard (6-7, 230) and guards Adrian Hernandez (6-3, 185) and Brandon Jackson (6-5, 170).

    "I want to do whatever I can to win basketball games," Bawji said. "I going to do whatever Coach asks me to do."

    Mustapha el akkari signed with Missouri College.

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    Name : Mustapha el-akkari (Video )
    Position: Guard
    Height: 6-3
    Weight: 194
    Hometown: Tripoli - Lebanon
    High School: St. Plus X



    Westbury Christian will host St Pius in warm up game this evening (7:30). ..... Mustapha El-Akkari added 23pts (4 treys) in the win.


    Mustapha El Akkari vs Bassel Bawji

    In a non-district boys basketball game Friday night, Klein Collins hosted St. Pius and overpowered the Panthers 73-48.

    “We haven’t been playing real well offensively over the last few weeks,” Klein Collins coach Tim Schumacher said. “Something I stressed the last few days was that we’re too good of a team to not be playing well offensively.”

    The team took what Schumacher said to heart. Klein Collins came out strong in the first half and led 37-22. The second half was even stronger for the team as they scored another 36 points.

    “I think our guys were really ready to play tonight,” Schumacher said. “We have a lot of talent on the offensive end and I’m really pleased with the way our guys responded.”

    In the third quarter, Klein Collins scored 12 points. Ten were from Bassel Bawji; the other basket came from Demitri Goodson. St. Pius scored 11 points in the third with a three-point basket from Mustapha El Akkarri.

    The big points came in the fourth quarter. Klein Collins scored 14 unanswered to start. Then St. Pius came back and scored 10 unanswered.

    “One thing we’ve been doing is guarding every night, and we’ve won a lot of games because we’ve been playing good defense,” Schumacher said.

    Klein Collins is 2-1 in district. The team’s first district loss came to Klein Forest.
    Next up for Klein Collins is another district game, Tuesday night against.
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    K.J. Matsui
    Guard, Columbia Lions
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    High School: Montrose Christian

    2006-07: Started six of the 25 games in which he played ... scored in double-figures seven times ... had 10 points vs. UC Davis ... had 11 vs. LIU ... scored 15 points at St. Francis (N.Y.) ... scored a career-high 18 points vs. Brown, on 5-of-9 shooting ... shot .392 from behind the three-point line ... ranks in the top-20 in Columbia history in 3-pt FG made with 72 in just two seasons ... averaged 5.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg ... hit at least one three-pointer in 15 contests ... had a season-high five rebounds vs. Harvard ... was also perfect from the floor vs. Harvard going 4-4 for nine points.

    2005-06: Played in 27 games, starting 12... led the team with 41 three-pointers ... shot .414 from behind the arc ... averaged 19.9 minutes a game ... shot 80 percent from the free throw line ... scored in double-digits eight times ... scored a then-career-high 17 points vs. Lehigh, going 5-of-8 from the three-point line ... scored 16 points at Princeton, shooting 4-of-5 from the floor ... totaled a career-high five assists vs. Troy, also hitting 14 points in that game ... averaged 6.5 points per game, ranking fourth on the team.

    At Montrose Christian: Played in the 2005 Nike Hoop Summit for the World Select Team ... was the second-leading scorer for Montrose, averaging 15 points per game ... shot 51 percent from behind the three-point line ... scored seven points in 11 minutes at the star-studded Hoop Summit, despite falling to the USA Junior National Select Team, 106-98 ... the first Japanese Division I men's basketball player in the country.

    Taishi Ito
    Guard, Portland Pilots
    Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 170 lbs
    High School: Montrose Christian

    UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND 2006-07: Named to the WCC All-Freshman Team ... in league games, led all WCC freshmen in assists (3.8), free throw percentage (.775), 3-point percentage (.364), 3-pointers made (1.4), assist/turnover ratio (1.5), minutes per game (35.6) and was second in scoring (8.4) ... started the last 15 games at point guard ... tied career high of 16 points and led all scorers in win over LMU in first round of WCC tournament ... 15 points and four assists at Gonzaga on Feb. 19 ... 12 points, eight assists and two turnovers in 38 minutes on Jan. 27 vs. San Diego ... 15 points (5-for-10 three-pointers) with four assists and one turnover in 39 minutes versus Gonzaga on Jan. 22 ... career-highs of 16 points and five rebounds in 32 minutes against LMU on Jan. 8 ... led the team in assists (3.3), three-point shooting (.375) and minutes per game (30.6).

    MONTROSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: Came to attend high school in the United States and earned the starting point guard position as a sophomore for the Mustangs ... started all three years under two-time national high school coach of the year Stu Vetter ... Montrose was the USA Today preseason No. 1 team in the nation entering the 2005-06 season and finished ranked No. 9 with a 20-2 overall record ... Montrose compiled a 68-9 overall record, was nationally ranked all three years, and played in numerous elite national tournaments during Ito’s three years ... team dealt then-No. 1 Oak Hill Academy its only loss of the 2005-06 season, a 74-72 victory to cap the year in March ... named a Washington D.C. area top 22 prospect among the class of 2006 according to the Washington Post ... All-Metro and all-league status from the Post as a senior ... averaged 10.1 points and 6.5 assists as a junior and 6.6 points and 4.9 assists his senior year ... participated in the 2006 Capital Classic High School All Star Game.

    PERSONAL: Born Dec. 22, 1986 in Mie, Japan … son of Noriaki and Etsuko Ito … major is undeclared.

    Shang Ping
    Forward, Nebraska Cornhuskers
    Height: 6'10"
    Weight: 230 lbs
    Junior College: Illinois Central CC

    |+| Before Nebraska
    One of only a handful of Chinese players in Division I basketball this season, Shang Ping (pronounced shung) hopes to make an immediate impact for the Huskers this season. As of September, the only other Chinese players known to be enrolled at Division I schools were 7-2 Max Zhang at California and 6-10 Ji Xiang at Hawaii, both freshmen. Ping is also the first Asian-born player to compete in men's basketball at Nebraska.

    With solid size and a tenacious demeanor, Ping is an aggressive player who goes hard every time down the court, one of the many traits that Coach Doc Sadler looks for in a player. Ping has decent range on the offensive end and is a force on the glass. Likely to play both small and power forward, Ping is expected to play a complementary role in the paint to all-conference center Aleks Maric.

    Ping showed a physical presence in the paint as a freshman at Illinois Central College in 2005-06, when he averaged 14.5 points and nearly six rebounds per game for Coach Tony Wysinger. His impressive play caught the eyes of coaches around the league as he was named all-conference and all-region at the end of 2006.

    After a breakout season, Ping earned MVP honors at the Midwest High School/Junior College Showcase during the summer of 2006 and was selected as a preseason junior college All-American last year before being sidelined for much of the campaign. He was also named the No. 6 small forward in junior college by nbadraft.net before the season.

    Despite battling nagging injuries, Ping averaged 7.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while hitting a solid 52 percent from the field to help ICC to a 27-3 record and final No. 2 national ranking at NJCAA Division II last year.

    Ping went to ICC after originally coming to the United States to play at the prep school level in Massachusetts. But Ping instead chose to go to junior college near friends living in Illinois.

    Before coming to the United States, Ping played high school basketball at Avondal High School in New Zealand for Coach Anthony Keung. Ping averaged 20 points and nine rebounds per game and led the team to a No. 4 national ranking before being named to the Auckland-Waitakere Under-20 Boys Team in 2003. Previously he played for the Chinese Under 18 team from 1997 to 2000 and was a Nike Asian Camp attendee in Tokoyo, Japan, in 1998.

    |+| Personal
    Shang is the son of Ma Min and Shang Guchen, and was born on Dec. 23, 1984. Both of his parents played professional basketball in China. His father, Shang Guchen, is 6-6 and his mother, Ma Min, is 6-0. Shang is majoring in economics at Nebraska.

    Ping drew recruiting interest out of junior college from Oklahoma State, Butler, DePaul, Illinois and Pacific before choosing to sign with the Cornhuskers.

    That's about all I can think of that actually played last year and had any contributions. (Doesn't include Ji Xiang who redshirted, and the other Asians I listed in the other threads average like under 1 to 2 points a game).
    On a side note, I often wonder if I could have played ball. I got a recruiting letter from a D-III school, but turned it down to go to a bigger D-1 university for a different sport.

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    Jin Soo Kim - Maryland
    Ht: 6'9 Wt: 170 lbs
    Position: Small Foward
    Hometown: South Korea



    Not too long after the start of the 2007-2008 season, the ACC powerhouse University of Maryland men’s varsity basketball team received its first commitment of the class of 2009. His name is Jin Soo Kim. Standing 6-foot-9, weighing 170 pounds, Jin Soo Kim plays the shooting guard or small forward position, depending on the needs of his team. By signing with Maryland, Jin Soo becomes the first Korean player to ever play in the NCAA division one basketball leagues.

    Looking back, it was not an easy route that awaited Jin Soo, who first came to America in 2004 as a freshman in high school. After getting recruited at the Adidas All American Camp, Jin Soo’s quest to the promised land began. Despite risking many things, Jin Soo came to the US to achieve his goal of playing in the NBA. But let alone the NBA dream. For a guy who has never lived in the US before, English was a primary problem. Now knowing the language, there was not much Jin Soo could do in the classroom. “The first year was one of the hardest times of my life”, confesses JInsoo who states that he thought about going back to Korea countless times.

    As a freshman, Jin Soo was a starting forward for Montclair Prep, a strong basketball school in California. But to fill his needs of playing at the highest level of high school basketball, Jin Soo transfered to South Kent School of Connecticut, one of the best basketball schools in the country. Now, Jin Soo ranks as one of the top 25 class of ‘08 shooting guard prospects and has verbally committed to play with the University of Maryland Terrapins.

    “Many elite basketball programs recruited me. Yale University, Stanford University, Duke, University of North Carolina were interested in me. But coach Williams (Coach of Maryland) and the needs of the team seemed to fit me the best,” explains Jin Soo on his decision to attend University of Maryland.

    This triumphant victory seems to mean a lot for the Korean basketball fans who have been desperate to see a Korean native in the big leagues. Japan’s had its KJ Matsui, China’s had it’s Derrick Low but Korea has never had a native make it to the promised land. By passing the last obstacle (the University of Maryland SAT cut off score of 650) , Jin Soo is now officially qualified to play in the big leagues, and maybe even more.

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    Do you think you can make the Chinese Basketball Association?

    Quote Originally Posted by jxuusa
    That's about all I can think of that actually played last year and had any contributions. (Doesn't include Ji Xiang who redshirted, and the other Asians I listed in the other threads average like under 1 to 2 points a game).
    On a side note, I often wonder if I could have played ball. I got a recruiting letter from a D-III school, but turned it down to go to a bigger D-1 university for a different sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarknessFalls
    Do you think you can make the Chinese Basketball Association?
    Is this a serious question? Regardless it'll be a 1/1 Million chance. I've haven't played serious basketball in like 4 years, my shooting skills have gone down to zip. I play College Ultimate now, and the wrist motions are totally different, so my shooting form is totally fucked up. From what you say, I don't feel like you give the CBA enough credit, cause they are not THAT bad. Sure they have their share of shitty players, but they are mostly all of normal basketball height and pretty sure a good number of them can make it to some degree here in the collegiate divisions.

    I also know a couple friends who are playing in the collegiate level in Canada. One of them is Laotian, and he starts for Red River. He was all-Manitoba team or whatever province it is in Canada, and had recruiting letters from several D-II and low D-I schools in the north midwest area. He was also going to transfer to MTSU (Helicopter!) and walk-on, but decided to return to Red River.

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    There are a few east and south Asians playing for Canadian universities.
    I'll do some research to find all the ones i can but off the top of my head I know theres Jason Wang of Dalhousie.

    http://www.athletics.dal.ca/player_m...&ID=2002188146

    Robbie Sihota

    http://www.godinos.com/player.aspx?player=539&team=1

    Nathan Yu

    http://www.gothunderbirds.ca/sports_...&playerid=1856

    Balraj Bains

    http://www.gothunderbirds.ca/sports_...&playerid=1643

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    Quote Originally Posted by jxuusa
    Is this a serious question? Regardless it'll be a 1/1 Million chance. I've haven't played serious basketball in like 4 years, my shooting skills have gone down to zip. I play College Ultimate now, and the wrist motions are totally different, so my shooting form is totally fucked up. From what you say, I don't feel like you give the CBA enough credit, cause they are not THAT bad. Sure they have their share of shitty players, but they are mostly all of normal basketball height and pretty sure a good number of them can make it to some degree here in the collegiate divisions.

    I also know a couple friends who are playing in the collegiate level in Canada. One of them is Laotian, and he starts for Red River. He was all-Manitoba team or whatever province it is in Canada, and had recruiting letters from several D-II and low D-I schools in the north midwest area. He was also going to transfer to MTSU (Helicopter!) and walk-on, but decided to return to Red River.
    It was just a question, you said you wondered if you could of played D-1 ball. I never said anything that would evaluate the CBA's talent level, I was just asking if you thought you could make the CBA as well. Playing basketball for a living and getting paid for it would still be a great accomplishment in my opinion, whether it's CBA or Minor leagues.

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    True true
    Kind of funny, I went to Ultimate practice later in the day for my club team (equivalent of pro in Ultimate Frisbee), and broke my ankle on a cut. Be out for at least couple of weeks or however long it takes to heal.

    Oh, and GO UBC! T-Birds!

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    Jared Dillinger
    University of Hawai'i - Manoa Rainbow Warriors
    Height: 6'5" Weight: 200 lbs
    Guard-Forward
    Hometown: Littleton, Colorado

    Father is a U.S. citizen, mother is Filipina.



    6'5, 200-pound Jared Dillinger is a Filipino-American guard/forward who hails from Littleton, Colorado and plays basketball for the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors. From being the last man on the Warriors' bench last season, Jared has worked his butt out to earn a starting slot on the basketball team, which almost cut off his basketball scholarship. Currently, he has become one of the team's most reliable defenders and long-range shooters. His role on the team has taken a complete turnaround from last season where he played for only 6 basketball games and a total of only 6 minutes. 21 basketball games into the current season, he is averaging 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 29.1 minutes per game. He is second on the team with 37 3-pointers and is the Rainbow Warriors' leading hitman with a 0.430 percentage from beyond the arc. He is a transferee from the Air Force Academy. While playing basketball for the Air Force, they won the Mountain West Conference championship on his freshman year but lost to North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament. He also considered Dartmouth before finally deciding on Hawai'i. Jared Dillinger also dreams of one day playing in Asia's oldest professional basketball league, the Philippine Basketball Association.

    Timir Patel
    Houston Baptist University Cougars
    Height: 6'10" Weight: 215 lbs
    Forward-Center

    College: Transfer from University of Nebraska-Omaha where he played one season, averaging three points and two rebounds… Played his sophomore season at Blinn College after playing freshman campaign at Prairie View A&M University. High School: One of three newcomers for the Huskies who were high school teammates, playing alongside Sean Morris and Jimmy Sanders for coach Rick Ellis… Received the most improved player and Heart awards…Played AAU ball for Westside All-Stars and coach Charlie Jones. Personal: Majoring in business administration and accounting… Enjoys playing video games and watching television… Son of Shailesh and Jaymini Patel... Born March 1, 1986.




    Gian Chiu
    Oberlin College Yeomen
    Height: 6'10" Weight: 225 lbs.
    Hometown: Quezon City, Philippines
    Center

    Chiu willing to play for RP team

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    THE GAME OF MY LIFE By BILL VELASCO

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    Six-foot-ten Oberlin College center Gian Chiu wants to play for the Philippine men’s basketball team. Chiu, a former Ateneo Blue Eaglet, is back in the country for his summer vacation after one season with the Yeomen. “I spoke to my coach about it before the season started, and he said it wouldn’t be a problem if we know early enough,” Chiu told The STAR. “It would be an honor. I got a call to join the FIBA three-on-three tournament last year, but it didn’t work out.” Chiu, who led Desert Christian High School in California to a winning record in his senior year, was an A+ student before choosing little-known Oberlin, a Division III school, to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. Ninety-eight percent of Oberlin graduates reportedly get their first choice of medical school, a big plus for Chiu, who was first spotted as a skinny 14-year old who already stood 6’7.”

    "I know, you’ll say why Division III when it could be Division I?"

    Chiu continued. "But the games are all basically the same. The only difference is the athletic ability of some of the players."

    Gian bulked up this season after realizing that the college game was far more physical than the high school tournaments he played in. He scored a career-high 15 points in a loss to Kenyon College on Feb. 13. The rookie center made five of eight shots from the floor and five of six free throws.

    "Gian really stepped it up inside tonight against two players who will probably be all-conference at the end of the year," head coach Isaiah Cavaco said after the game. "As a team we just need to continue to get better and learn from our mistakes."

    Starting 21 of 25 games, Chiu, the only Asian player on the Yeomen, averaged 5.4 points and 2.3 rebounds logging 19 minutes a game, most of them at forward. The team is primarily built around 6’5" junior swingman Michael Loll NS 5’11" senior guard Jordan Beard, who combined for over 27 points a game.

    "We’re a young team, and this was the first time we made the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament in eight years," Chiu added. "I realized that I have to be more of a presence at both ends of the floor, the kind of player that, when the coach puts me in, the coach of the other team has to change their defense."

    Oberlin lost to Wooster, 104-71, in the NCAC quarterfinals on Feb. 26. Not bad for a team that featured five rookies. Chiu, who is working out with Barangay Ginebra while in the Philippines, says he dreams of playing for the country, even while he’s studying.

    "I’ve dreamed of wearing the Philippine team uniform," says Chiu, who was discovered by a coach of the Golden State Warriors at a basketball camp in China. "I’m looking forward to the opportunity."

    Given his size and training, Gian knows it’s a matter of time before he also gets offers to play in the PBA when he finishes his US college eligibility in three years. He still doesn’t know, though, if he will put off his study of medicine for long. At Oberlin, they only play basketball five months of the year, and aren’t even allowed to train the rest of the school year.

    "I don’t know, it’ll be a tough decision," Chiu admits. "I’ll have to think about that when the time comes. Right now, I’m really just concentrating on my studies."

    The question in the next few years will be just how strong the siren call of turning pro will be.



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    Sopheeng "Soap" Toun (Cambodia)
    Stonehill College Skyhawks
    Height: 5'11" Weight: 170 lbs.
    Guard

    Brockton Enterprise: 'Stonehill Skyhawks' junior 'Soap' Toun has made his mark in Easton'
    Mar 21, 2006

    By Jessica MacNeil, Enterprise staff writer

    EASTON - Basketball players are often given some pretty unique nicknames, but Sopheeng Toun of Stonehill College cleans up in that department.

    "My full name is pronounced 'Sopain,' so in middle school, they called me 'Soap' for short," said Toun. "People usually say, 'Is that your real name - like Dial Soap?"

    Toun has certainly made a name for himself this season as a junior guard with the 26-6 Skyhawks, who are preparing for their first appearance ever in the NCAA Div. 2 "Elite Eight", beginning Wednesday night at Springfield's MassMutual Center against Tarleton (Texas) State.

    Soap is second for Stonehill in 3-point shooting percentage this season at 41.5 (39 for 94) and is third on the team in 3-point field goals made with 39 in 32 games, averaging 1.2 per game.

    But there's more behind Toun, who has been a key contributor off the bench for the Skyhawks, than just a nickname. There's also an extraordinary story of courage and determination.

    Toun was the first in his family to be born in the United States after they fled their native country of Cambodia to escape the killing fields enforced by the communist organization Khmer Rouge and its leader, Pol Pot.

    "I have three sisters and two brothers," said Toun. "My younger brother and I were born here, but the rest of my family is from Cambodia. My family went through hard times in Cambodia and came here in the early '80s."

    Toun doesn't know much about what his family went through to get here, but he appreciates his family's history and the life they have been able to provide for him.

    "My parents don't say much about what they went through - just to be thankful for the opportunities I've had," said Toun. "Basically everything I know about it, I learned by reading.

    "I've never visited, but I wanted to go with my parents (back to Cambodia) maybe after I graduate."

    Toun's family started a new life halfway around the world in Providence, R.I., where his parents, Loeuth and Yann, and their four children had to start from scratch in the United States.

    "I can't imagine what it was like coming here," said Toun. "By the time I was born, my family was pretty well adjusted. With so many people in the house, someone was always working, but we always took care of each other."

    They eventually settled in Cranston, R.I., where Toun grew up and introduced himself to the game of basketball.

    "I lived in Providence for three or four years, then we moved Cranston, the next town over," said Toun. "In Cranston, we moved a couple times, but when I was 11 or 12, I found a court close to my neighborhood."

    Toun quickly became a student of the game and taught himself to play by watching others on the court.

    "At first, I wasn't passionate about it," said Toun, "but I became interested and started practicing by myself and paying attention to kids playing to pick on stuff."

    Toun's late start as a basketball player didn't slow him down, however, as he played wherever he could to improve his game.

    "In sixth grade, I went out for my middle school team," he recalled, "but I didn't make it, so that motivated me to work harder.

    "I got involved with a CYO (Christian Youth Organization) team with a local church, because they're allowed to have one non-parish member, so they let me play."

    Despite having relatively no coaching, Toun entered high school with a dream to play basketball. He left Cranston East High School with 1,000 career points and as the leading 3-point shooter in Rhode Island high school basketball history.

    "My first year at Cranston East," Toun said, "I tried out for the freshman team, but they sent me up to the varsity and I made it, so I was thrilled."

    Apart from his sharp shooting, Toun is known best for his upbeat personality. His easygoing and friendly demeanor earned him yet another nickname - "The Mayor of Stonehill."

    "Coach McLaughlin gave me that name," said Toun. "My freshman year, I came in to make friends and everyone here was so friendly that I just say hi to everyone I see."

    In his first three seasons, Toun has served as the Skyhawks' spark, on and off the bench, with his shooting, defense and cheering.

    "I bring energy because the team needs support from the bench," said Toun. "I know my role is to play defense and hit the open shot. That's what's so good about our team, everyone knows their role; we don't fall back on one guy."

    Toun, a Communications major, has approached his role on the team much like he, and his family, have approached everything else, with selfless determination.

    "I do what I can," said Toun.
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    #5
    American International College Yellowjackets
    Height: 5'10" Weight: 170 lbs
    Point guard

    2006-07: Started in 26 of his 29 games played ... averaged 8.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game ... led the team with 84 assists and shot a team-best .754 (49-65) from the free throw line ... scored in double figures 10 times during the season ... scored a season-high 29 points after going 5-7 from three-point range and 14-20 at the free throw line on Dec. 9 at Southern Connecticut ... dished out a season-best seven assists on Nov. 21 against Pace ... grabbed a season-high seven rebounds on Feb. 10 at Bryant ... scored 17 points with a season-high six field goals made Feb. 12 against Le Moyne.

    2005-06: Came off the bench in all 28 contests...team's fourth-leading three-point shooter with 14 and averaged 3.1 ppg...was 7-8 at the free throw line and tallied 10 points against New Haven (1/2)...drained three three-pointers and registered season-high 11 points against Pace (1/26)...went 4-4 from the floor (2-2 3PT) and finished with 10 points in eight minutes in a win over Southern New Hampshire (2/1).

    2004-05: Played in all 29 games with two starts...ranked third on the team in made three- pointers with 23 and also dished out 43 assists...was 3-3 from three-point range and totaled nine points in an early-season win over Southern Connecticut (11/28)...notched a season-best 15 points in a win over Southampton while also dishing out four assists (12/30)...followed that up with a 10-point,six assist, six rebound effort at Post (1/3).

    High School: 2004 graduate of Dawson College...played basketball for Wayne Yearwood and Peter Welcott and was named team MVP...2003-04 FQSE League Al-Star...named to the All-Star teams at the 2003 Hagen Invitational and the 2004 George Brown Invitational...member of the 2001 Quebec provincial team that captured the Summer Canada Games Junior National championship.

    Personal: Majoring in Management...born July 28, 1982 in Montreal, Quebec....son of Nelson and Nenette Dosado...aspires to play professional basketball in the Phillipines.

    Ryan Wetherell(Philippines - Canada)
    #2
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    Height: 5'11" Weight: 175 lbs.
    Point guard

    THE BREAKDOWN: Ryan Wetherell, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound sophomore guard, adds to the Trojan mix at the point guard position. He is a speedy and tough competitor.

    2006-07: Appeared in 15 games and played a total of 49 minutes. Played a season-high 13 minutes in the win vs. Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 28, hitting two free throws and grabbing a rebound. Scored a season-best three points and had an assist and a steal in four minutes vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 14 Had two points and two assists and played nine minutes in the win at Oregon State on Jan. 6. Scored in five of the first eight games in which he appeared. Scored a point in USC's 77-60 win vs. Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament, making one of two free throws.

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    Height: 5'10" Weight: 179 lbs.
    Point guard

    Palarca’s father Fernando is Filipino and his mother is Caucasian.

    At Chatsworth, the 5-8 guard is known as a cage phenom. He’s averaging 18.3 points, 7.0 assists and 4.9 steals a game as a senior this season. His assist-to-turnover ratio is 1.95. He has posted single-game highs of 29 points and 11 assists. And he is hitting 81 percent from the line. Palarca has scored more than 1,000 points in his prep career.

    Which college Palarca will enroll in next school year is a big question mark. California State at Northridge (where Japanese-American Michael Dorsey Takahashi played), Pacific and California State at Bakersfield are options. Xavier, Duquesne and San Diego State are other possibilities.

    Palarca’s father Fernando said his son is open to play for a UAAP or NCAA school.
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    Chris Timberlake #13-North Flordia University Ospreys

    Position: Point Guard

    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 180 lbs

    Birthplace: Miami, Florida

    Previous School: Dr. Michael Krop Senior HS

    Key Statistics

    Games: 28

    Points/Game: (PPG) 8.3

    Rebounds/Game: (RPG) 1.9

    Steals: 29
    Blocks: (BLK) 1
    Assists/Game: (APG) 2.6

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    Height / Weight:5-11 / 175

    Position:Guard

    Birthdate: 02/12/1988

    Class:Sophomore

    Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, CN

    High School: Sr. Winston Churchill

    THE BREAKDOWN: Ryan Wetherell, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound sophomore guard, adds to the Trojan mix at the point guard position. He is a speedy and tough competitor.

    2006-07:Appeared in 15 games and played a total of 49 minutes. Played a season-high 13 minutes in the win vs. Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 28, hitting two free throws and grabbing a rebound. Scored a season-best three points and had an assist and a steal in four minutes vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 14 Had two points and two assists and played nine minutes in the win at Oregon State on Jan. 6. Scored in five of the first eight games in which he appeared. Scored a point in USC's 77-60 win vs. Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament, making one of two free throws.

    HIGH SCHOOL:Played three years of varsity basketball at Sir Winston Churchill High in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Was the starting point guard and was team MVP his senior season. Was awarded the Sir Winston Churchill Athlete of the Year his senior season. Earned a Calgary A Channel Player of the Month Award during his senior season. Averaged 30 points and eight assists a game. Helped lead his Junior Trojans club team to the provincial championship three years in a row, earning team MVP honors each year (2004-06)

    PERSONAL:Wetherell was born on Feb. 12, 1988. Is an undeclared major at USC. Lists Michael Jordan as his biggest sports hero for his style of play, work ethic and for being the best to play the game. Lists his favorite movie as "Wedding Crashers."

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    Great find there mr.alex07. I hope they would consider playing in the PBA. Anyway, I think Palarca should go to Xavier. A very good mid-major school, with good NCAA credentials. I say he should go to Xavier, but first he should fix his academics and expect a little playing time since Xavier is loaded with good PGs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyWalker
    Great find there mr.alex07. I hope they would consider playing in the PBA. Anyway, I think Palarca should go to Xavier. A very good mid-major school, with good NCAA credentials. I say he should go to Xavier, but first he should fix his academics and expect a little playing time since Xavier is loaded with good PGs.
    Actually, it is an old article. Palarca was on the South Dakota State lineup last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonarSabilano
    Actually, it is an old article. Palarca was on the South Dakota State lineup last year.
    Okay thanks! I just thought he wanted to transfer to other school.

    Ive just found out that Matsui and Lin are both playing in the Ivy League Conference, which do not give athletic scholarship. And being in this conference alone is already an achievement. This is where all the top academic schools in the US are grouped. Schools such as Harvard, Cornell, UPenn, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Yale etc. WOW!
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    Actually, Jared Dillinger was also being recruited by Dartmouth, the only Ivy League school not included in your list.

    And yes, getting into the said schools is an achievement in itself.
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    maybe we should start including the player's nationality/ethnicity in the posts, because it's not always plainly clear.

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    #30 Philip Martin (Radford Highlanders)

    2007-2008: Sophomore
    Position: Forward
    Height: 6-6 / Weight: 190 lbs
    Home: Roanoke, VA



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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex07

    #30 Philip Martin (Radford Highlanders)

    2007-2008: Sophomore
    Position: Forward
    Height: 6-6 / Weight: 190 lbs
    Home: Roanoke, VA

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    Jonathan Brick (Philippines)
    Citadel Bulldogs
    Height: 6'0" Weight: 185 lbs
    Point Guard

    2006-2007- Started in 19 of 30 games
    - Played 662 minutes, averaging 22.10 minutes per game
    - Finished second on the team in assists, dishing out 70 set ups and averaging 2.3 per game

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    Name :Charles Maroun Tabet (Lebanese)
    Position: PF
    Height: 6'9" (206cm)
    Weight : 226 lbs
    High School : Country Day high school
    College : South Alabama
    Born 1 july 1987



    Played at both Birmingham Brother Rice and graduated from Country Day High School where played with his brother Philip (also a USA basketball player) under head coach Kurt Keener...while attending Brother Rice, he and his brother started both their sophomore and junior years and were named to the All-Catholic Team for metro Detroit as sophomores and were named honorable mention all-state...as a senior at Country Day, he played in 19 games and averaged 10.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game...shot 52 percent from the field...played club basketball for the Michigan Hurricanes in 2004-05 and helped the team win a number of tournaments...were touted as the best club team in Michigan...played at the same high school (Country Day) at Chris Webber and Shane Battier.

    Philip Maroun Tabet (he's the brother of Charles and they are twins)
    Position: PF
    Height: 6'9" (206cm)
    Weight : 211lbs
    High School : Country Day high school
    College : South Alabama
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    HIGH SCHOOL: Played at both Birmingham Brother Rice and then graduated from Country Day High School where played with his brother Charles (also a USA basketball player) under head coach Kurt Keener...while attending Brother Rice, he and his brother started both their sophomore and junior years and were named to the All-Catholic Team for metro Detroit as sophomores and were named honorable mention all-state...at Birmingham Brother Rice, averaged 18 points, six rebounds and two assists...played club basketball for the Michigan Hurricanes in 2004-05 and helped the team win a number of tournaments...team was touted the best club team in Michgan...played at the same high school (Country Day) at Chris Webber and Shane Battier.


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