TJ Price is an established professional athlete who is about to showcase his arsenal in the ASEAN Basketball League as one of the World Imports for Hong Kong Eastern. He first made his basketball presence known as a Western Kentucky Hilltopper in the United States’ NCAA tournament. Price eventually went pro—starting his professional career in France playing in the LNB Pro B league for Lille Metropole BC. He then had an opportunity to return to the States and play in the NBA Developmental League for the Lakeland Magic (then Erie Bayhawks). During his D-League experience, he averaged 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and shooting at a respectable rate of 35% from deep.
Do not be fooled by those numbers because he has a lot more to offer on the court; not only can he shoot, but also his explosive athleticism and high defensive intensity make him an on-court threat. He then brought his talents back to Europe for Egis Kormend before finding his way to the ABL with Hong Kong Eastern.
In his upcoming ABL debut, could he manage to double his numbers as one of the leading go-to guys of Eastern? Will he make an immediate impact for the team to continue its winning ways? It seems very likely, but to see is to believe. At number 10, Price has yet to showcase his game in the ABL.
Mike Singletary is one of the great ABL players who is consistent when it comes to his on-court production. In only two seasons, the 6’5 forward has already managed to crack the Top 10 in the ABL All-Time Scoring List.
During the 2018-2019 ABL season, Singletary averaged 24.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Although the Mono Vampire Basketball Club had difficulty last season, the team is looking to find their rhythm to increase their chance to claim a Finals berth.
With his team being of the top contenders this upcoming season, we can expect Singletary to continue to play with his “relentless” brand of basketball at both ends of the floor. He may put up big numbers game after game, but the humble Singletary always knows the team, including himself, can always do better.
One of the best import guards, Jerran Young is known to be one of the best two-way players in the league. During the 2018-2019 season, Young filled up the stat sheet with averages of 19 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1 block per game.
Now with the Formosa Dreamers, Young is expected to be one of the team’s go-to players not only on the offensive end, but at the defensive end as well. The 6-foot-6” guard can definitely score when needed but also guard the opponent’s best perimeter player.
After the successful finals berth appearance of Young with his former team Singapore Slingers, he is looking to contribute the same energy in the upcoming tenth season of the ABL.
One of San Miguel Alab Pilipinas’ newest acquisitions, Khalif Wyatt is an unknown commodity in the ASEAN Basketball League as he has yet to step foot in the league compared to most of the imports. That does not mean, however, that he’s not a force to be reckoned with.
Wyatt will give Alab another dynamic scoring guard who can take the pressure off the big men, something that the team would sorely need for this season. As a testament to his scoring prowess, Wyatt poured in 20.5 points per game in his senior year to lead Temple that category. He’s also a proven commodity in the international scene as he has career averages of 15.2 points, 5.6 assists, and 1.6 steals, the latter of which will prove to be valuable for Alab as the team is notorious for making the most out of their opponents’ turnovers.
Incoming floor general Trey Kell of the Hong Kong Eastern is poised to make a statement in his ABL debut—putting him in the high ranks for the top 30 players in the ABL. The 6’4″ guard was a former prospect out of San Diego State University and managed to put up 10.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists during his senior season. He then embarked on his professional career overseas, beginning his stint in Europe and eventually found his way back in the North American territory to play for Moncton Magic in the National Basketball League of Canada. Playing for the Magic, he had produced all-around numbers for them—averaging 21.6 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 4.6 APG, and 1.7 SPG; Trey also played a vital role for the team as they captured the franchise’s first-ever championship with a Finals MVP award under his tutelage.
Hong Kong Eastern may have lost a star in Marcus Elliott this season, but their pursuit of the trophy is still alive as they’ve landed one of the hottest prospects. Playing with a lot of versatility on both ends of the court, Kell proves to be the right choice for the team as one of their leading playmakers. At just 23 years of age, Kell has the potential to develop as a perennial ABL guard due to his all-around skillset on offense and defense. It is safe to say that Trey Kell may be among one of the top talents the ABL has as of today.