BYU men’s basketball gets commitment from Chinese RSL Academy forward Hao Dong

Brigham Young Cougars head coach Mark Pope celebrates after winning over the Northern Iowa Panthers in an NIT game at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, March 19, 2022.

Mengshin Lin, Deseret News

BYU’s men’s basketball team just added little more depth ahead of the 2022-23 season.

On Friday, Real Salt Lake Basketball Academy announced on social media that forward Hao Dong has committed to the Cougars, an announcement Dong shared on his Instagram story.

Vanquish The Foe’s Robby McCombs reported that Dong will be a walk-on.

Congratulations to Hao Dong for his recent commitment to @BYUMBB! Hao was the leading scorer on our post grad team last season. We are excited to watch Hao compete with Coach Pope and the Cougars.

— Real Salt Lake Basketball Academy (@RSLbasketball) July 29, 2022

The leading scorer on RSL Academy’s post graduate team last season, Dong will arrive in Provo with plenty of international experience, having played four years in Spain, starting when he was 16 years old.

Listed at 6-foot-5, the 20-year-old Dong — a native of China — played for Real Betis Balconcesto from 2017 through 2021, on the under-16 team, the under-18 team and finally in Liga EBA, the fourth tier level in the Spanish basketball league system.

Dong also had a stint with Andalucia as a 16-year old, per Scout Basketball.

In his final season in Spain before coming to the United States, Dong averaged 10.5 points, 4.3 rebounds …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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