SINGAPORE – Delvin Goh is heading into his seventh season in the ASEAN Basketball League. Having seen him play for such a long time sometimes makes fans overlook the fact that he is still just 23 years old. After taking a huge leap forward last season with the Singapore Slingers, Goh is expected to take it a step further that he has re-signed with the team for the upcoming season.
There are only a few players that fans can claim to having experienced their significant growth and development over the course of their ABL careers. Some players entered the league having already established their skills, further adding on to those skills over the years. It’s rare for a player to come into the league as project before developing into a potential star player like Delvin Goh has with the Slingers.
“Delvin is an interesting player,” Slingers General Manager Michael Johnson says. “At [2 meters], he started training with us on and off when he was just 16 years of age. Delvin has shown glimpses of his talent from day one with our program but he [has] yet to reach his full potential.”
Back in 2012 on January 15, 16-year-old Delvin Goh played in his first ASEAN Basketball League game and was the youngest player to ever do so — a record which still stands to this day. From that season on, Goh has gradually improved and expanded his game. His numbers have increased every year in the league before a breakout season with averages of 8.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game last year.
Even then, the Slingers believe that there is lot more potential to fulfil for the Singaporean rising star.
“Delvin posted the best numbers of his career last season but we believe he has the ability, if he fully applies himself to training and in games, to post double his numbers.” Johnson adds.
The sense of Goh’s untapped potential stems from requirements and responsibilities that have kept him from being able to fully commit himself with the team. There are some seasons in the past where he has been able to play only at a very few select away games, not to mention a tricky schedule that limits some of his practice time.
“Due to school and National Service commitments, he hasn’t been able to train full time,” Johnson explains. “he has missed some games and several trainings over the past few seasons and that may have slowed his progress somewhat.”
Now that Goh will have completed his National Service commitments by the time the ABL season starts, big things are expected from the 6’6” forward.
Yes, you read that right. Despite being featured for most parts of his career in the post, Goh aspires to eventually play on the wing some time in the future.
“I will have all the time to be with the team during all trainings,” Goh says. “The biggest parts I’ve missed out in all six seasons are the gym sessions and individual training due to other commitments. Being able to focus on those 2 things [will] be big, getting to work on my skills, my body and my speed. I’m definitely looking forward to contribute more inside, outside, and running the lanes.”
“I think I have all the tricks in me but didn’t have the confidence to put it out there for the past six seasons. I’ve always been fond of the driving game [aside from] the big man’s game,” Goh adds. “I will use my time in individual sessions to improve on my shooting and work on my penetrating skills. I hope to play stretch [power forward] or maybe [small forward] after I’ve done enough work on my game. Really looking forward to the next season. Seven seasons and counting.”
After all these years in the ABL — six to be exact — it still feels like the sky is the limit for Delvin Goh. Considering how well he has already been performing last season, 2018-2019 could be a big year for Goh.