KIA Motors is bringing in Taiwanese shooter Chang Tsung-hsien 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.
The Taiwanese known as ‘Jet Chang’ played for the national team during the 2009 and 2011 Fiba-Asia Men’s Championships.
Originally, KIA Motors was eyeing either Yang Dong Geun or Chang Yong Song, vital cogs in Ulsan Mobis Phoebus’ three-peat conquest in the Korean Basketball League (KBL).
But their Korean prospects suddenly became unavailable, prompting KIA to tap Chang instead.
“Naglaro si Jet Chang sa Hawaii. Magaling siya na shooting guard at si coach Manny (Pacquiao) mismo, na-impress,” Pineda told Spin.ph on Thursday.
Born in Yilan County in Taiwan, Chang played a key role in Brigham Young-Hawaii’s runner-up finish in the 2011 NCAA Division II men’s basketball championship.
The 26-year-old Taiwanese is known for his athleticism and leaping ability, which were in full display during his two Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship stints where he averaged 11.8 points and 1.6 rebounds.
Pineda said Pacquiao is determined to assemble a strong cast of shooters to surround 7-foot-2 Puerto Rican import Peter John Ramos for the season-ending tournament.
“Every time naman pumapasok kami (in the conference), yung mag-champion lagi ang iniisip namin. We always have a very, very high goal, kasi ayaw niya (Pacquiao) ng quarters lang,” the KIA Motors team manager added.
This developed as Pineda said the team is also signing up free agent Fil-Am forward Jason Deutchman, who will be making his return to the league after spending the last few months attending to his ailing father in the United States.
Deutchman, a league journeyman during his first two seasons, was selected 12th overall by GlobalPort in 2012.
He averaged 3.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 52 career games.
He last played for Barako Bull last season.