Where Are They Now? - Song Cun
While his classmates are pursuing graduate degrees or putting on their suit and ties for the work day, Song Cun (’03), continues to lace up his basketball sneakers playing professional basketball for SG 93 Wolfenbuttel, a team in Germany. Cun continues an Oxy tradition, rare among NCAA Division III programs, of sending former members of its basketball program to play professionally for European-based teams. Cun is Oxy’s 10th player to play professionally in Europe.
For Oxy Head Coach Brian Newhall, Cun’s achievement comes as no surprise. "Song is one of those truly rare ‘small point guards’ who can compete at any level." Cun stands at 5’8". Yet his skills, quickness, knowledge and tremendous determination allowed Cun to lead Oxy to a three loss season, an undefeated conference record and to within a game of reaching the NCAA Division III Final Four.
"Song was the perfect profile of the basketball player we look
for at Oxy, a guy who can play low to mid-major D1 basketball but
recognizes the value of what we offer here: a top notch liberal
arts degree, close-knit alumni group, playing in a nationally
competitive NCAA D3 program and lots of sunshine." said Coach
Coach Newhall also thinks that Cun and players like him who desire to play overseas stand a better chance of landing a contract to play professional basketball if they excel at a D3 institution than they do to merely be a contributor at a low to mid-major D1 athletic program.
His teammates concur. "Song is a winner. He could have scored 20 points a game, but he gave up much of his offense to help the team win 25 games. I have never played with a better point guard," said former teammate Finn Rebassoo, the only four time First Team All-SCIAC in league history, who also played professionally in Denmark’s top division for the Bakken Bears.
Cun started his college career playing two seasons at Los Angeles Valley College before transferring to Oxy for his junior season. During his two seasons at Oxy, Team Captain Cun established himself as one of the premier point guards in the nation, earning numerous awards and setting various records. He made First Team All-SCIAC honors in 2003, after being a Second Team pick in 2002. He was also, along Rebassoo, Co-MVP for the Tigers in 2003. Cun worked his way into the Oxy record books after dishing out 15 assists in a single game against the University of Redlands during his senior season. He also led the team in assists and steals during both of his years at Oxy.
"Song Cun was the Nate Robinson of NCAA Division III basketball," former teammate and most recently a player for Lemvig Basketball Club in Denmark’s second division, Gavin Keohane said, referring to the 5’8" New York Knick and former University of Washington basketball star. "He simply took games over and willed us to win ."
The summer after graduating from Oxy Cun was selected from a group of several gifted Asian basketball players from the U.S. to star in a Nike basketball commercial that aired across Asia. He was also able to travel and play in different cities in Taiwan and Japan as a part of the 2003 Nike Battleground Asia events. The next year Cun was invited to play in Hong Kong with a USA team in the 13th annual Hong Kong International Invitational Queens Cup.
After his basketball touring days across Asia, Cun contemplated multiple interesting offers from the business world but decided to put them on hold while he pursued his professional basketball career. After considering multiple options abroad, he settled on a contract in the Regionalliga league of Germany.
Playing overseas is an extremely impressive feat given that most of the players in the league are former Division I athletes, and there are hundreds of players with only a few job openings. "In this industry, your first impression could either make you or break you," Cun said. "It’s a buyer’s market," Newhall said. "But considering how much he’s accomplished so far and how determined he is to do more, Song’s stock is high."