Years ago, as the Amar’e Stoudemire of his team in Asian-American basketball tournaments, standing 6′4″ he was the only player over six feet — or maybe even 5′10″ — on the fabled Alpine Striders club from Los Angeles. He helped anchor Coach Tony Wong’s team every year at the Las Vegas Invitational (“LVI”) tournament.
Then he was gone.
He got burnt out. Playing for Alpine can be like playing for Bobby Knight. Although there will be lots of winning, things can feel a little too business-like. Such is the life of competitive basketball, at any level.
So he took a break from basketball. And now he’s back, making a few cameos in tournaments on a new team, but mostly with a burgeoning career as a supermodel.
Here’s his recent ten-page spread in GQ China, shot in Manhattan several months ago…
Read/listen to how he became a supermodel: Daniel Liu Redefines The Male Supermodel : NPR
Thanks to NEAATO for the Facebook post. I then asked Asian-American entertainment “human hub” Brian Yang how Daniel was doing and he replied:
D is killin it. In current campaigns for J Crew and Hilfiger. His GQ China spread was en fuego. A bona fide male supermodel!