SINGAPORE – The Singapore Slingers have announced the signing of John Fields as World Import for the upcoming ABL 2017-2018 season.
Fields is the second import that the Slingers have announced, following the re-signing of Xavier Alexander this past week.
The 6’9” forward recently wrapped up an appearance in the Domincan Republic-LNB with Indios De Sanfrancisco where he averaged 6.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game.
Prior to that he played in the Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup with Columbian Dyip, completing 8 games to average 29.1 points and 19.1 rebounds (led conference). That was Fields’ first ever stint in Asia after a long and length career all over Europe. Ever since finishing his collegiate playing days at East Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, and Tennessee, Fields has gone on to play in Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Belgium, Cyprus, and Greece.
Year 8 in the books 📚 I wanna thank the @columbianpba organization players, coaches, and fans for a great season and making my time in the Philippines 🇵🇭 amazing. I know we did not reach are end goal but I loved every single moment I was here. I also wanna thank @ibybautista for being there every step of the way with me since I landed here. And also want to thank the @pbaconnect for such an amazing league and fans. 💯🇵🇭🙏🏽🏀🔥 #RJC
“John brings a wealth of international playing experience to the Slingers and he will provide some muscle to the Slingers line up this seasons,” The Singapore Slingers noted in their announcement. “John is a very physical and athletic big man and his style of play should suit the Slingers uptempo offence as well as the team’s league leading defense.”
Fields is a constant threat to record a double-double and is a monster on the boards on both ends of the floor. While he has displayed in recent performances that he can rack up points, he also prides himself on being a defensive-minded player.
“My biggest strength is my defensive presence. My outside perimeter skills are something I can still work on.” Fields said back in 2010 when he was at the University of Tennessee.
Having already locked up Alexander to command the game from the perimeter, adding Fields solidifies the Singapore Slingers’ paint presence for the upcoming season. The Slingers finished the regular season with the 5th seed in the standings last year and was eventually knocked out by the Mono Vampire in the first round of the playoffs.
Cover Photo credited to Sebastien Grasset