Big brother Jeremy showed off a little family pride with a Naruto reference in his Facebook announcement.
“During his tryout with the team, he demonstrated exceptional poise, high basketball IQ, and a great shooting touch,” Chris Tsai, general manager of the Fubon Braves, told NBC News. “We think he has the potential to be a very good point guard in Taiwan, and he has the right attitude and work ethic to make that happen. Although he is just a rookie and there are still areas he needs to develop, we expect him to be a major contributor to our team next year.
Recently graduated from New York’s Hamilton College with a major in economics, the 23-year-old Lin’s career statistics at Hamilton include playing 72 games, starting 10 games, 320 points (4.4/gm), 156 rebounds, 150 assists, 18 blocked shots, 46 steals, and 31 three-pointers made. Lin also earned three varsity letters and was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Second Team.
“I was always kind of a little bit in [Jeremy’s] shadow because we went to the same high school, we had all the same coaches, and he obviously achieved at all those levels before I did,” Joseph Lin told Backstage: Lakers about being the younger brother. “So I always went in a little bit on his shoulders. I’m going to try to continue my basketball career, just to see how far I can go with that.”
According to the China Post, each SBL team is allowed to have two foreign-born, ethnic-Taiwanese players on its roster without giving up an import roster spot. Although Lin is an American citizen, because both his parents are from Taiwan, Lin is still eligible to play.