In late November, Kentucky’s Wesley Christian School and new head coach David Meddings pulled off a program-defining upset of West Virginia’s mighty Huntington Prep. The Circuit Riders overcame an early deficit to close out a 75-74 win, boosted by a stirring, all-around performance from junior point guard Benson Lin. Benson Lin is averaging 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game for Wesley Christian. The 17-year-old native of Taipei has basketball in his blood. Both of his parents — Lin Zhengming and Liu Jingming — played for Taiwanese national teams. In 1998, the elder Lin, a renowned coach in Taiwan, helped bring Kobe Bryant to China for the first time while working for the Chinese basketball development system. He also used to coach Taiwan’s junior national team.
Five years ago Friday, Jeremy Lin dropped 38 points on national TV against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. But for Asian Americans all over the country, he also did so much more than that.
Biancardi believes Lin could be an all-conference player at a mid-major program in college, with potential to play at a higher level. Meddings agrees, and says Lin could be the first Taiwanese basketball player at a high-major school. Meddings previously coached Minnesota Timberwolves star and former No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, along with draft prospects Thomas Bryant and Miles Bridges, when Meddings was at Huntington Prep.
“Benson has the same personality like Andrew,” Meddings said. “He lets his game do the talking.”
ESPN recruiting insider Jeff Borzello confirmed that Lin has offers from Stetson, Drexel, Winthrop, Rice and UAB, and has attracted interest from Middle Tennessee State, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Marshall and Tennessee. Borzello said Lin made an unofficial visit to West Virginia on Jan. 24, to watch the Mountaineers’ game against Kansas. It was the second time he visited WVU’s campus. He also has visited Tennessee.
Wesley Christian teammate Harry Sun, who met Lin at the Nike All-Asia basketball camp, calls Lin a genius with the ball.
“With that Euro step and 3-point shot, he will be the next Jeremy Lin for sure,” Sun said.