Newspaper article China Post

Naturalized Foreign Imports Not Long-Term Hoop Solution

Newspaper article China Post

Naturalized Foreign Imports Not Long-Term Hoop Solution

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Taiwan's basketball authorities recently announced that it reached agreement with an American player who has been playing in the local league to join Taiwan's national team.

Once all legal procedures are complete, Quincy Davis, who reportedly gave up his U.S. citizenship recently, will be officially granted Republic of China nationality soon, the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) said.

If everything goes well, Davis will soon be the first naturalized player in Taiwan's national basketball squad, a first for any of the country's sports.

The 30-year-old, 203-centimeter center, could be of major boost in the paint for Team Taiwan in the upcoming Jones Cup tournament, to be held in July in Taipei, and FIBA Asia Championship in Manila on Aug. 1-11, CTBA said.

According to local media reports, the CTBA is offering Davis, who has played for two seasons for the Pure Youth Construction team in the Super Basketball League (SBL), a US$20,000 monthly salary and two-year contract, to represent Taiwan in international events.

The China Post has always believed that recruiting and naturalizing foreign imports for Taiwan's national team was not a long-term solution for the team or the development of the sport in Taiwan.

But we also admit that it is probably an inevitable move given the fact that many other Asian teams also have naturalized players competing at the international-stage, mostly imports from the U.S., as well as from Lebanon, Jordan, the Philippines and South Korea.

We have no doubt that the CTBA's decision to acquire Davis, a dominant player in SBL, could be of significant help to the national squad.

During the past SBL season, Davis made a strong all-around impression with an average 19.3 points, 13.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks, leading the Pure Youth to a second-consecutive title.

He is also known as a team player who gets along very well with teammates and is willing to serve in a supporting role to put the team, not his individual numbers, first.

And for this we would like to give credit to the CTBA for successfully convincing Davis to join the team.

We still believe, however, that the problems of Taiwan's national team will not be resolved simply through Davis. …

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