ASEANSports would like to thank Swish Zone's Jian Chen for conducting an interview with Jayson Lee Shu Wen and for the translation. Below is a summarization of Jayson Lee’s interview along with a tidbit of his backstory.
At the tender age of 18, Jayson Lee Shu Wen played point guard, a position that many consider as being the most competitive in the world of basketball while standing at a mere height of 175 cm and weighing-in at just 62 kg. According to him, he started playing after constantly watching others compete and train as a 13-year old.
He thought it would be interesting to try it out for himself one day, eventually deciding to join those he had spent so much time watching in their training regiments. It’s this decision that led him to becoming the 2016 National High School League’s top scorer and Grand Champion. Additionally, Jayson also credits his high school coach, Mr. Wong for playing a large role during his ascent.
Despite being a well-known youngster back in Penang, Jayson was still able to analyze his own strengths and weaknesses. According to him, his lack of size and height became a crucial limitation for him, especially in cases where open tournaments didn’t enact any age restrictions. Lee also admits that facing off against teams and players that play tough, physical defense throws him out of his comfort zone.
It’s the kryptonite to his preferred style of play.
On the other hand, Jayson is a typical run-n-gun point guard, preferring to operate offensively in transition and priding himself on his ability to score, rather than assist, an aspect of his game which he is looking to better in the near future.
During the current stages of his development, the Malaysian guard makes a point to say that there isn’t anything specifically in training that he is doing to address his aforementioned weakness, but states that he is hopeful of improving on the fly, relying more on gaining experience to enhance his floor general capabilities.
When asked to compare himself to an NBA player, he humbly declines, opting to instead mention that his immature style of play still has a lot of improvement before he can even fathom such a thought. However, he was quick to express his admiration of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, a dynamic guard with the ability to score, pass, rebound, and lead his team to the win. The similarity here is their innate drive to go for the “W” above all else.
In reminiscing about the past, Jayson recalls the 2016 National High School League as his best memory. According to his description, the team seldom had the opportunity to train in full force, resulting in poor team chemistry. Players started doubting each other and team momentum was so low that even Penang supporters were left unconvinced that they could win that year’s Championship.
In the nick of time, individuals were able to set their egos aside and learned how to trust one another while playing team basketball, ultimately leading them to being crowned champions.
And the reason why he considers this his sweetest memory?
Well, not only was it an ultimate high in team momentum, but it’s also the only national championship he was able to achieve during his 5-year basketball career.
As the Malaysia Pro League fast approaches, the Penang Stallions have confirmed their participation upon submitting their players list just a few days back. Though the head coach has already deemed the main objective of the Stallions’ participation as an opportunity to allow his young players to develop and gain experience by playing against elite competition in a domestic sense, Jayson acknowledges the possibility of him coming off the bench in limited minutes.
The team currently has a surplus of point guards including Filipino import Dexter Zamora and rising star Adrian Nonis, both of whom can play the point guard position comfortably.
Nevertheless, when looking at the bigger picture, Jayson maintains his positivity on the league, believing that he is here to learn from others, whether it be through training, through observation, or any other method. His playing time is in the hands of his coach, however, Jayson remains confident that he will be ready to play anytime his number is called.
With such a humble attitude, Swish Zone would like to wish Jayson good luck for the upcoming MPL, hoping he can gain valuable experience that will enable him to become a better basketball player in the future.