'Linsanity' Inspires Local Baller

Tallahassee, FL -- March 7, 2012 --

The madness dubbed "Linsanity" has spread all over the country, even in Tallahassee. The Knicks point guard is keeping one local player's dream alive.

Yeong Heo has been watching Lin since he first exploded on the scene. Heo remembers the 25 points he dropped on the New Jersey Nets when he went face-to-face with all-star Deron Williams

"His coach gave him a chance and he took it well," said Heo, a junior at Maclay.. "I like the way he plays and I like his mind towards every game."

Heo plays point guard for the Marauders, just like Lin.
He also shares one more thing with Harvard grad: he's one of the only Asian players in the area.

"A lot of people say that Asians can't play basketball or football, but I want to prove to people actually what I can do," said Heo, a South Korea native.

There are 430 NBA players. Lin is the only Asian-American, born and raised in the U.S.

Yi Jianlian, a center for the Dallas Mavericks, was born in China and came to the U.S. for basketball.

Despite the small percentage, Heo hopes the number increases in the future.

"I hope the way people look at us - look at Asian people - I hope the way they look at us changes a little bit 'cause I know we can definitely do something," he said. "I know I can definitely do something for my teammates and my team."

Heo admits he probably doesn't have NBA talent, but he still plans to keep shooting for his dream.


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