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

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 reports 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 and 1.2 assists and steals per game for Real Betis, per Eurobasket.

Listed as a small forward/power forward, Dong will likely be more of a developmental project for the Cougars.

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