High School Sophomore CHRIS TANG...The NEXT Jeremy Lin???
Okay...Okay...pump your brakes!!!
Maybe not the next Jeremy Lin...but...this 6-foot 3-inch, fifteen year-old high school sophomore DEFINITELY has some game...and...he is Asian...so...you can see how the comparisons to Jeremy Lin will come fast and furious.
I wrote the opening 4 paragraphs & the main article was written by Cameron Smith from Yahoo Sports. The video was from Scoutsfocus.
The kid can BALL!!!
I hate comparisons. If race is not an issue than why do we keep bringing it up. Let this dudes ball.
Kid looks legit. He's shiftier, less upright, has a smoother jumper. Moves more like a young (less fat) Deron Williams.
he's only been in the states less then 2 yrs, so that could explain his relatively under-the-radar status, but if he's garnering high major interest this early (Virginia, VA Tech, Maryland) he won't be another underdog story.
the only comparison he'll have to Lin is that he's an asian guard.
What are you talking about???
How is making a Jeremy Lin comparison not letting him ball???
How is making a Jeremy Lin comparison not letting him be himself???
There aren't many Asian basketball players that make it to the HIGHEST level and succeed..so...when there FINALLY is one (Lin) it's very eye opening...because of RACE...wether you agree with it or not.
This is what people do...they make comparisons to other players...and...Jeremy Lin & Chris Tang are both solid basketball players...both point guards....both 6'3''...both Asian...& both of them may wind up at Harvard....so...making a Jeremy Lin comparison is NOT the end of the world.
Jeremy Lin is Jeremy Lin....Chris Tang is Chris Tang....but that doesn't take away from the fact that they still have similarities.
Linsanity is definitely going to help this guy though. I think people are recognizing that there was some racism at play that resulted in JLin being passed over when the skills, size, and speed were clearly there. I'm not saying that JLin should have been recruited by Duke or something like that coming out of highschool. But Stanford should have been scouting him. And coaches should have seen that he was going to put on good solid weight and continue to develop and become a great college guard.
This kid however looks substantially more built than JLin was in highschool. And this at just 15?!? Whenever a kid comes from overseas though one has to wonder if they really are the age they are reported to be. Could this kid really be 17 or 18? Then doing this stuff as a sophmore becomes a little less impressive.
Whenever a kid comes from overseas though one has to wonder if they really are the age they are reported to be. Could this kid really be 17 or 18? Then doing this stuff as a sophmore becomes a little less impressive.
Maybe in parts of Africa and Central/South America but coming from China I would say that his age is spot on...
There were questions about Yi Jianlian's age and about one of their prospects now. It's maybe less likely from China compared to countries you mentioned but it is still possible. Not saying this kid isn't 15 just saying I don't think China's record is flawless.
Damn he's got some bounce though. Potential is there... will he have the Jeremy Lin work ethic though?
Flashy game. Kid loves to run.
I enjoyed the police interrogation video.
I live in Virginia and have seen this kid play before, and he is very very talented. His high school plays against good, but not spectacular competition. His school would not be nearly as competive if they were in the WCAC with schools like Dematha, Paul VI, Gonzaga and O'Connell. He is superior in speed, athleticism, strength and height to just about everyone that guards him on the high school level- especially from the point guard position. His AAU team Boo Williams is one of th best in the DMV area, right up there with DC Assault and Team Takeover. In AAU he is obviously not quite as dominant, but he is still very good. He played point guard for the 15U team last year. Although he is a good passer as well, he needs to cut down and turnovers and not dribble quite as much sometimes. Being a tall point guard, he needs to work on dribbling lower too, but he will get better at that. He will be a high major prospect by his senior season, I guarantee that.
Coming from China you would say his age is spot on? China has basically been regularly caught lying about the age of its female gymnasts (in this case, lying that they are older than they really are because in modern female gymnastics the younger smaller pre-pubescent women have a significant advantage). The Chinese government is willing to do this even in the Olympics with the whole world watching. Do you think some random kid's family wouldn't do this?
Wherever there is an incentive to lie there is a risk of lying. Also, to a certain extent there is a cultural difference here as the Chinese culture is a little more cut-throat on some matters. American colleges are finding that recruiting Chinese students is becoming a real problem because there is a ton of lying about credentials and cheating on tests. If the family is already sending their child overseas to develop his game so he can get a scholarship and maybe play professionally, do you think it is impossible they didn't shave a year or two off him? I doubt colleges who try to check up on this are going to get much cooperation when they reach back to China for his records.
why the next Lin ho?? jus b cuz hes asian? thats crazzy. he has skills tho
He reminds me of Jrue Holiday tho
Hey man, good looks on scouting this kid. As an Asian, I've done a little searching for some good high school players and I've run across this kids name a couple times. He's usually just mentioned on random message boards and he has a few mentions from VA exposure camps. Nice find and article. I hope this kid blows up. To be dunking as a 6'3" freshman is pretty impressive.
I usually try not to bring back a topic that I got negatives on (lol) but oh well. Almost a year ago I put out that article about Oak Hill Academy's Chris Tang calling him the Next Lin....now...a year later Grantland.com is saying the same thing. While he probably isn't the next Lin, just thought it was interesting a respected site like Grantland.com would do such a huge feature (article is crazy long) on a high school baller.
Tang has been playing limited minutes for Oak Hill, but they have a stacked team so it's somewhat expected.
Also, for any Asian people that might read this, Grantland.com called Tang the "Great Yellow Hope." While I am not Asian myself, I still find that to be very disrespectful and somewhat racist. Am I wrong for thinking this?
I've tuned in to a couple of Oak Hill games so far this yr and I didn't even see him get off the bench. I had to check maxpreps to see if he was still on the roster.
And yes, that is mildly racist. Asian people don't refer to themselves as yellow just like Native American don't refer to themselves as red. I'm assuming the author is also Asian so i guess it's less racist.