JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers’ General Manager Michael Johnson announced the signing of their four imports for their 2013 ASEAN Basketball League campaign. Their American imports will be Kyle Jeffers who will be in his fourth year with the Slingers and former University of Arkansas-Little Rock star Rashad Jones-Jennings. As for their ASEAN Imports, Don Dulay will be returning to the slingers for his second season in the ABL and also former San Miguel Beermen Santiago Cabatu, JR. better knows as Junjun Cabatu.
Jeffers is a familiar face in the ABL and he is the Slingers’ big man in the middle. Jeffers is a solid and high-energy player, who averaged 19.11 points and 12.67 rebounds per game. He appeared in 9 regular season games after replacing Donald Little last season.
Jones-Jennings is 6’8” forward who will try to grab as many rebounds as he can. He is a workhorse who led the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in rebounding in his senior year (2006-2007) with 13.1 rebounds per game. He has previously played in Argentina, France, Mexico and most recently in Taiwan where he was named the 2011 Taiwan Super Basketball League (SBL) MVP.
“Kyle is very familiar with our system and our style of play, he is one of the best rebounders in the ABL and teamed with Rashad Jennings we should be able to hold our own on the glass. Rashad brings with him a strong work ethic especially on the rebounding aspect and should really help sure up our inside game this season,” Slingers’ head coach Neo Beng Siang on his two American imports.
Dulay had an impressive season with the Slingers last season. The Filipino guard was averaging 11.33 points and ranked third overall in the league with 4.33 assists per game. The 5’10” point guard is also known for his ability to hit the 3-point as he made 38 3-point field goals in his first year with the Slingers. His leadership on the court is also a big benefits for the Slingers squad.
“We are happy to have Don returning for his 2nd season. We think with one year under his belt with the Slingers, we are more aware of Don’s strengths and how best to use those skills. We also believe Don will be more comfortable in his role this time around.” says Coach Neo on Dulay.
Slingers bring in a sharpshooter in Junjun Cabatu. The 6’4” forward came in with a lot of experience in the ABL after playing for Philippine Patriots in season 2 and with the Beermen last season. He’s got a great stroke and can rebound the ball pretty well. Cabatu will be playing a big role for the Slingers next season.
“We have seen Jun play over the last few years with the Patriots and San Miguel. He showed that he is very talented and we believe that with the opportunity to play bigger minutes with the Slingers on a regular basis, Jun will be a valuable member of our team this season.” Coach Neo on Cabatu.