Hampton Roads Academy’s 6’3 point guard, Chris Tang. The question, since Tang is of Chinese descent: Is this Mid-Atlantic prep hoops sensation the next Jeremy Lin?
According to SF, Tang’s averaging 20 points per game and has had 42 and 41 point efforts. He plays his summer ball for the Nike AAU powerhouse Boo Williams and Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland and Davidson are all recruiting him heavily. He also went on an unofficial visit to Maryland for the UNC Game. Harvard, of course, is also interested. Watch his highlight reel above. Yahoo’s Prep Rally has the best breakdown of Tang’s comparison to Lin:
What Tang may have as an advantage over Lin is his sheer athleticism. While Lin is an impressive athlete, Tang definitely has more vertical ability and a particularly disproportionate amount of agility and speed when compared with other high school sophomores. He also has a serious shot that should make him a strong prospect for his versatility in running the point or shooting from the perimeter.
While Lin slipped almost completely below the radar, it seems exceedingly unlikely that a similar fate will befall Tang, who has been living in Virginia with a foster family since arriving in the U.S. as an eighth-grader and is reportedly completely comfortable with life as an American teen.
It’s hard to tell whether Tang’s development will continue apace, or whether he can reach anywhere near the heights that Lin is now soaring toward. Still, the fact that he’s beginning from a higher platform than Lin himself makes him a heck of a candidate to be the next Asian guard to crash the major American basketball scene.