March Madness: Introducing the Asian Americans in the Big Dance

You could probably count the number of Asian Americans playing Division I basketball on one hand. You only need two fingers to count the number of Asian Americans playing in the NCAA tournament. Here they are:

Sabatino Chen is a junior guard for Colorado, who were victorious in a first round upset of UNLV on Thursday night. A transfer from the University of Denver, Chen is a Colorado native majoring in Math and Actuarial Studies. He played sparingly at Denver, but seemed to be efficient in the floor time he got, shooting nearly 50%. After sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations, Chen averages 2.1 points and a board in about ten minutes a game, shooting a healthy 53% this season.

The 6-4, 185 pounder logged just two minutes in the Buff’s Round of 64 win.

Jeremy Lin Effect? Commentators proclaimed “Chensanity” when Sabatino checked in for Colorado against Cal in the Pac 12 tournament.

Next up is Jason Brickman, the Filipino American floor general for #16 seed LIU Brooklyn. As a freshman last season, he set a conference record for assists by a first year player and finished the year averaging a solid 6.2 points, 5.5 assists. Jason’s production has continued to improve in his sophomore year, posting just under 10 points and 7.3 helpers a contest. Despite what his name would suggest, Brickman strokes it from downtown at 40% clip. Hopefully we’ll see this young man back in the Big Dance in the future. But…please no “Bricksanity” references.

Enjoy the madness, y’all!