Southeast Missouri men’s basketball team added guard Oscar Kao to its 2018-19 roster this week.
"Oscar is a tough, skilled guard who will be a benefit to our team immediately," said Southeast head coach Rick Ray. "He can shoot the ball and make plays for others because of his knowledge of how to manipulate ball screens. Oscar has always dreamed of coming to the United States to play college basketball and we are very happy and fortunate that he gets to continue his dream here at SEMO."
A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Kao (6'0", 175) spent last season at Marshalltown Community College, where he averaged 13 points a game as a freshman. He shot 44.3 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the 3-point line earning second-team all-region honors.
Kao was part of two National Champion teams in the Taiwan High School Basketball League and won National League Most Valuable Player honors twice during his prep career. He also led the league in steals during the 2015-16 season.
Kao played with Chinese Taipei in the Fiba U18 Asia Championships, where he earned first-team honors. The experience afforded Kao the opportunity to play against some of the best amateur competition in the world.
Songshan High School Coach Roman Huang said "Oscar is an eager learner and a true team player. He never hesitates to do whatever is necessary to help his team win. Oscar plays with supreme confidence and his unique attitude is often contagious to the players around him."
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