Jeremy Lin is now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, and he is wasting no time in going Hollywood.
Have you ever had a moment when you heard a story so unbelievable you had to know more? On September 25, 2009 I was driving to work when a story came on NPR about a football team in Unity, OR. Note – I had never been a fan of football – until this moment. The team was made up of two American kids and seven exchange students. I wanted to know the rest of the story. Without thinking of the repercussions I called the school in Unity to ask if I could speak with the students regarding a potential film about their story.
I was granted permission to travel to Burnt River High School and a week later I was off to rural Oregon with my friend Anu, the cinematographer and field producer on the film, for what we envisioned to be a week long shoot to make a ten minute film. When we arrived it was clear that the story was far deeper than a short but Anu and I couldn’t afford to quit our teaching jobs to invest an entire year into the filming. That’s when things got creative…
Darren Wu made a name for himself in the Riptide’s Week 8 matchup against the San Jose Spiders, when the 19-year-old Vancouver native scored 6 goals on 25 catches in Vancouver’s hard fought 25 – 26 loss. He maintained his composure against San Jose’s talent-stacked roster, and his knack for making big plays kept his team close against the best in the West and won Wu fans league wide. ESPN3 announcers Evan Lepler and Chuck Kindred gushed over Wu—the duo had the phrase “unbelievable sky from Darren Wu” on repeat by the end of the game—and noted he came out of nowhere to become arguably the best player on the field.
But for Riptide fans and observers of Vancouver’s ultimate scene, Wu’s breakout season was hardly unexpected. What was surprising was how quickly Wu picked up the sport (he’s been playing less than a year) and how well his natural athleticism matched ultimate’s demands. Wu didn’t know ultimate existed until he went to his high school team’s tryouts—the first time he caught a disc, he used his now-notorious hops to sky his soon-to-be coach. Wu started playing the sport with a single directive: run fast, catch the disc, and score.
“I was never taught to throw,” he said. “My job was to use my speed to help our team win, or boost morale by making a big play or getting a break from the other team.”
On the Riptide, Wu became a key part of the team’s O-line and the favorite target of Derek Fenton, the AUDL assists leader in 2014. The two connected on 17 goals, and Wu racked up 39 goals altogether. Wu spent much of the season in the AUDL top ten goals scored, in the company of ultimate vets like San Jose’s Beau Kittredge and Chicago’s AJ Nelson. Yet, despite his many highlight-worthy catches and his sudden ascendance in the professional ranks, Wu keeps his focus on what’s next.
“There’s not one great play from this season that I remember because I’m always looking to improve myself,” Wu said. “I want to play the best I can and outrun every player. Making big plays is good, but being able to make that deep cut and burn them deep is better.”
With one of the league’s youngest rosters, Vancouver finished in third place in the tough West division. And with Wu on the O line, they’re only going to get better.
via The AUDL.
Class of 2014 star Emmanuel Mudiay has reached an agreement in principle with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the China Basketball Association on a one-year deal that will pay him a total of $1.2 million, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Tuesday.
This development, earlier reported by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, comes a week after Mudiay announced he’s skipping college in favor of a contract overseas that would help alleviate some of his mother’s financial concerns. Clearly, this deal makes that possible.
But multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Mudiay’s actual motivation for bypassing a year in the AAC is rooted in the fact that he was facing eligibility concerns — both amatuerism concerns and eligibility concerns — and that the odds of the 6-foot-5 guard ever being cleared for freshman eligibility were slim, at best, mostly because he spent two years at Prime Prep Academy, which a source told CBSSports.com has never actually had a class accepted by the NCAA for the purposes of initial eligibilty.
Mudiay is projected as a consensus top-10 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Former Texas standout Royal Ivey played for the Southern Tigers last season.