Yi-Hsiang Chou - Update #3 12/18/2010
The past three games have proved to be a real turning point in Chou's young career. As I have discussed in previous points, Chou has been playing as a member of the second team. The games against the two highly ranked Idaho squads proved to be Chou's chance to prove that he deserves more minutes and a more prominent role on the team.
Against Southern Idaho he played five minutes in the first half hitting two of the three shots he took and collected two assists. Surprisingly Coach Parrish pulled him out of the game and sat him until the 15:00 mark of the 2nd half. He did not sit again for the rest of the game, playing until the final buzzer. His end stat line was a solid:8 pts (4/5 fg), 2 reb, 2 asst, 1 blk, and 1 stl. Two plays that stick out in my mind from the game are his gorgeous driving pull-up jumper at the 13:00 mark, and the nice drive and dish with 3:00 left that was taken away after a bogus charging call. What he showed in this game is he is a great third perimeter player. He fits well into the team concept and is effective with or without the ball in his hands.
The Northern Idaho game, while statistically not as impressive (2 pts, 3 rebs) solidified his role as the third wing on the team. He does a nice job of keeping the ball moving and providing opportunities for his teammates. Playing against these two teams is the reason why SLCC was such a great choice for Chou. In each game he was playing against three or four players who will play on D1 rosters in the future. Significant minutes against good competition makes this the perfect scenario for him.
Yesterday's game against Salish Kootenai marked his first start of the season, and his collegiate career. While the competition was not as high as the past few games, he responded well with a solid all-around game. 6 pts, 6 rebs, 4 stl, 2 asst, and 1 blk in 25 minutes. Hopefully Chou keeps getting these kind of minutes when the season restarts in two weeks in Mesa, Arizona.