Sassier revives career with Sun KingsPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash. - Add the gold and blue Sun Kings jersey to the ever growing collection in Jason Sasser's closet. The 34 year-old journeyman has landed in Yakima this season as he attempts to once again get back overseas, where he dominated for years.
"I just had to show them that I still got it," said Sasser, who leads the team with 18.2 ppg. "I am real established overseas. I've put up great numbers every where I've been. Right now, I wanted to let them know I still can play and can still keep up with these young guys."
Ater a stallar college career at Texas Tech, Sasser bounced around the NBA, landing ten day contracts with Dallas and San Antonio, and getting a year-long contract with Vancouver. Afterwards, his overseas career began. Basketball took him all over the globe, to Spain, Portugal and Germany just to name a few places.
"I have played in almost every country," he said. "The only places I've never been are Africa and Australia. I'm gonna try and go there, if not for basketball, at least for just a vacation."
Speaking of vacations, Sasser tries to share his secrets from the road with his younger, more inexeprienced teammates. "I try to tell the young fellas to get their cards, get their airline miles. They don't know. I say listen 'if you fly this much you can get free flights and free rooms at hotels.' They're starting to listen to me."
Sasser landed in Yakima after taking a few years off of hoops. He had played for Paul Woolpert when Woolpert coached at Sioux Falls. Woolpert was happy to being him back to the CBA. Teamed with ex-NBA guard Moochie Norris, the Sun Kings have complied an eye-popping 26-1 record.
Sasser's younger brother Jeryl has followed a similar path: spending a few years in the NBA before traveling overseas.
"He's in Kuwait right now," said Jason. "He likes it over there, he says it's like Miami."