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The SEABA Championship is about to tip-off in Manila where the nations of the ASEAN region will battle it out for national pride.

In this year’s tournament, there will be 7 participating nations: Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

Throughout the past 8 years, the ASEAN Basketball League has been a huge part of basketball development in the ASEAN region as it has become more evident in this SEABA Championship 2017. There will be 33 players in this year’s competition that have honed their craft on an ABL team. Here we take a look at the players from the ABL in each nation.

Malaysia

Most of the familiar faces of the Westports Malaysia Dragons are not on this Malaysia SEABA Championship team namely Kuek Tian Yuan, Wong Yi Hou, Ivan Yeo, Loh Shee Fai or even Kwaan Yoong Jing. Instead, the Malaysian squad seems to be focusing on a younger approach in this tournament so instead we will be seeing players with flashed tremendous potential in the ABL like Teo Kok Hou (24) and Chun Hong Ting (21). Also on this National Team squad is Choo Wei Hong who was on the 2015-2016 ABL Champions team.

This Malaysian National Team will be headed by Westports Malaysia Dragons Assistant Head Coach, Goh Cheng Huat.

Notable Stats in the ABL:

Teo Kok Hou >> 14.6 MPG, 3.4 PPG, 1.5 APG, 35.0 3P% (2016-2017 Season)
Chun Hong Ting >> 10.2 MPG, 2.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG (2016-2017 Season)
Choo Wei Hong >> 9.0 MPG, 2.7 PPG, 2.1 RPG (2016-2017 Season)

Philippines

The Philippines turned heads in this SEABA Championship 2017 by deciding to send a roster filled with proven professional players, as opposed to their usual amateur-laden line up. While Alab Pilipinas’ stars Bobby Ray Parks and Kiefer Ravena (both of whom made the 2015 squad) didn’t make the team, there were actually 3 players on this “Gilas Pilipinas” team that once played in the ABL.

Of the 3, Matthew Wright (26) has made the biggest impact in the ABL. He was an ABL Champion in 2015-2016 with the Westports Malaysia Dragons as well as notching the first ever Heritage Import MVP award. The sharpshooting Filipino-Canadian also set All-Time records for most three-point shots in a single game and in a single season.

June Mar Fajardo (27) spent a season in the ABL with the San Miguel Beermen back in 2012 where he and the team barely missed out on an ABL title.

The last of ABL players on the Philippines National Team is Allein Maliksi who played a few games with the Philippines Patriots in 2010-2011.

Notable Stats in the ABL:

Matthew Wright >> 35.6 MPG, 23.1 PPG, 4.1 APG, 41.8 3P% (2015-2016 Season)
June Mar Fajardo >> 14.5 MPG, 4.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG (2012 Season)
Allein Maliksi >> 4.6 MPG, 1.5 PPG (2010-2011 Season)

Vietnam

After a 12-year hiatus, Vietnam is set to return back to compete in the SEABA Championship. Their return has been fuelled by the success of the Saigon Heat, the first professional basketball team in Vietnam, which has sparked basketball interest in the country. While we won’t be getting to see Saigon Heat stars Stefan Nguyen Tuan Tu nor Horace Nguyen Tam Phuc in this competition yet, there are a few other Saigon Heat players that will be donning the National Team jersey in this competition.

The most significant player is Trieu Han Minh, who has logged the most games ever in the ABL among Vietnamese local players. The three-season veteran is a capable scorer and he will be shouldering the scoring load for this Vietnamese National Team squad.

Nguyen Tien Duong was a crowd favorite for the Saigon Heat in their 2012 debut season for his hustle. He returns to the National Team this round after a solid performance in the local league.

Local big men Nguyen Thanh Nhan and Nguyen Van Hung will also be clashing against the ASEAN elite.

Notable Stats in the ABL:

Trieu Han Minh >> 21.2 MPG, 4.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG (2015-2016 Season)
Nguyen Tien Duong >> 6.7 MPG, 1.0 PPG (2012 Season)
Nguyen Thanh Nhan >> 8.6 MPG, 1.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG (2016-2017 Season)
Nguyen Van Hung >> 7.8 MPG, 1.3 PPG, 1.2 RPG (2016-2017 Season)

Singapore

The Singapore National Team usually has more or less the same core as the Singapore Slingers of the ABL, and this year is no different.

The injuries of Wu Qingde, Mitchell Folkoff, and Kelvin Lim leaves a lot to be desired but the ABL players on this Singapore National Team should form up to be a competitive group in SEABA 2017.

Two-time Local MVP Wong Wei Long (28) is on board and he’ll have to take up more scoring responsibility in this setup.

He’ll have plenty of help from this year’s Local MVP candidate, Leon Kwek (20), as well as budding star big man, Delvin Goh (22).

Other key role players throughout the past 3 seasons of the Slingers like Ng Han Bin (28) and Larry Liew (24) will be lined up to shoot 3s and play defense for the Singapore National Team.

Rounding up the list is John Ng (22) and Tan Chin Hong (27), who weren’t on the Slingers squad last season.

Notable Stats in the ABL:

Wong Wei Long >> 30.5 MPG, 11.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.7 APG (2016-2017 Season)
Leon Kwek >> 28.6 MPG, 11.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.3 APG (2016-2017 Season)
Delvin Goh >> 18.6 MPG, 3.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.7 BPG (2015-2016 Season)
Ng Han Bin >> 15.8 MPG, 5.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 40.6 3p% (2016-2017 Season)
Larry Liew >> 22.2 MPG, 7.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 31.6 3p% (2014 Season)
John Ng >> 1.4 MPG, 0.5 PPG (2015-2016 Season)
Tan Chin Hong >> 5.9 MPG, 3.3 PPG (2010-2011 Season)

Indonesia 

Indonesia has been a perennial powerhouse in the region as were their teams in the ABL, so it should not come as a surprise that a half of the National Team is comprised of ABL players.

Among those is the much celebrated Mario Wuysang, who recently turned 38 years old. Wuysang logged 78 games in the ABL and is still going strong in the local Indonesia Basketball League, so expect him to continue being the leader of his national Team.

Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (31), who played 65 games in the ABL, played a large role in the success of the Indonesia Warriors/Satria Muda Britama franchise. He’s been a National Team regular and will still be one of their main forces in this upcoming tournament.

Another offensive weapon for Indonesia is Arki Dikania Wisnu (29). The New York native played in limited games in the ABL for the Indonesia Warriors, but impressed whenever he took the court.

Joining the 3 veterans on the National Team will be youngsters like Adhi Pratama Prasetyo (24), Hardianus Lakudu (25), and Kevin Yonas Sitorus (22). The latter two played for the Indonesia Warriors and the former played for Laskar Dreya South Sumatra.

Notable Stats in the ABL:

Mario Wuysang >> 31.1 MPG, 12.5 PPG, 3.6 APG, 33.8 3p% (2012 Season)
Christian Ronaldo Sitepu >> 24.7 MPG, 6.6 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 0.7 BPG (2009-2010 Season)
Arki Dikania Wisnu >> 24.9 MPG, 9.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.3 APG (2014 Season)
Adhi Pratama Prasetyo >> 11.7 MPG, 3.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG (2014 Season)
Hardianus Lakudu >> 21.8 MPG, 2.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.0 APG (2014 Season)
Kevin Yonas Sitorus >> 13.1 MPG, 3.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 50.0 3p% (2014 Season)

Thailand

Thailand will be parading the most number of former ABL players among all nations with 10 in total.

Sukdave Ghogar (26) will be manning the paint for Thailand and he is the only player on this squad to have played in 6 ABL season with 83 games and 2 ABL Championships under his belt.

He is joined by Nattakarn Meungboon (26), who was also a team mate of Ghogar on the Thailand Tiger team from the inaugural ABL season.

Meungboon recently played in the ABL as a Mono Vampire, along with Kannut Samerjai (28) and Chanachon Klahan (33) both of whom played in previous seasons of the ABL for other franchises like the Bangkok Cobras and Chang Thai Slammers.

High-flying Wuttipong Dasom (26) is also on the National Team. The ABL Champion has logged the second most minutes in the ABL among Thai locals playing for Hitech Bangkok City and the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers. His Hitech Bangkok City team mate, sharpshooting Nakorn Jaisanuk (25), joins him on the National Team and will be looking to shoot the lights out.

Up and coming players Teerawat Chantachon (22) and Sorot Sunthorn (24) played a single season in the ABL with the Mono Vampires, along with budding star scorer Chitchai Ananti (26).

Patiphan Klahan (23) played briefly in Hitech Bangkok City’s season back in 2015-2016.

Notable Stats in the ABL:

Sukdave Ghogar >> 10.3 MPG, 3.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG (Season 2014)
Nattakarn Meungboon >> 17.8 MPG, 4.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG (Season 2015-2016)
Kannut Samerjai >> 16.6 MPG, 7.5 PPG, 2.2 APG, 38.7 3p% (Season 2015-2016)
Chanachon Klahan >> 14.4 MPG, 4.8 PPG, 2.9 APG (Season 2015-2016)
Wuttipong Dasom >> 26.4 MPG, 8.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.6 APG (Season 2015-2016)
Nakorn Jaisanuk >> 10.3 MPG, 3.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 32.1 3p% (Season 2015-2016)
Teerawat Chantachon >> 3.4 MPG, 0.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG (Season 2015-2016)
Sorot Sunthornsiri >> 10.7 MPG, 3.1 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.9 APG (Season 2015-2016)
Chitchai Ananti >> 23.3 MPG, 13.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.0 APG (Season 2015-2016)
Patiphan Klahan >> 1.9 MPG (Season 2015-2016)