The Slingers liked what they saw during the Merlion Cup and decided to sign Ryan Wright for the upcoming ABL season.
The 30-year-old Canadian suited up for the Singapore Slingers in the invitational international tournament this past September 20-24. He averaged 17.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks during the four game stretch which finished with the Slingers nabbing 4th place.
Wright has enjoyed a lengthy professional career all over the world including stops in Korea, Ukraine, Mexico, Poland, Finland, Hungary, and Australia. He graduated from Oklahoma University, where he played for two seasons after transferring from UCLA.
With his journey taking its course to Singapore for the upcoming season, Wright hopes to leave a lasting impression with the fans.
“I want to try to bring an exciting style of basketball to Singapore,” Wright said during the Merlion Cup. “I was playing above the rim and I got a few dunks so i just want to try to be an exciting player to watch.”
“Hopefully the fans will enjoy it and come watch the games more.”
By signing Wright, the Singapore Slingers have now filled up both their World Import quotas after signing Xavier Alexander earlier in the offseason. This also means that the Slingers will officially not be re-sigining ABL 2017-2018 Defensive Player of the Year, Justin Howard.
Being Howard’s predecessor is no easy task. The former Slinger Import played in three seasons for the team, accumulating 1001 points over the course of 46 games while leading them to two ABL Finals appearances.
However, Wright and Howard are two different players and the Slingers are looking forward to adapting and adjusting to a different style.
“With Ryan [Wright] we have the speed,” says Russel Low. “We have the running game and we’re more athletic, but with Justin we had the height and the size.”
“This season I think we can push the ball a bit quicker and we can run the floor better.”
“Ryan’s more athletic,” Coach Neo adds in the Wright/Howard comparison. “Any penetration, he can be there to protect the rim so that let’s our players feel more confident. He really runs hard up and down the floor.”
“Justin has got a good range outside the paint which Ryan lacks of, but anything can possibly work out.”
The Slingers are now the first team to announce both of their World Import signings and with the ABL season announced to tipoff November 17th, expect the other teams to follow suit soon.