Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club have been relatively successful in their first debut ABL season, winning three straight games by an average margin of 22 points. Even then, Chong Son Kung Fu knows it is dangerous to get comfy and be complacent so early in the season.
“With many teams making good additions and improving their overall talent level, we feel like we had done the same and hope to compete with the best teams in the league.” says General Manager Lukas Peng.
That addition comes in the form of Mikh McKinney, a 6’0″ guard who hails from California. McKinney is a talented scorer who averaged 16.1 points and shot 39.0% from long range in college. Playing for Sacramento State, McKinney was among the best players in the entire country, being named to the Big Sky Conference First Team twice as well as being an AP Honorable Mention All-American.
After his illustrious collegiate career, McKinney went overseas for the first time to play in Belgium for the Port of Antwerp Giants. He was a key contributor, putting in around 8 points in 20 minutes of action per game before heading back to the States.
He was then drafted with the 3rd pick in the second round of the NBA G-League (then called the D-League) and later ended up playing for the Delaware 87ers. In 31 games, McKinney averaged 5.4 points and 2.5 assists per game.
Now, McKinney has crossed the pong yet again, this time a little bit further all the way to China to play for Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club.
The talented 25-year-old guard has long been on Kung Fu’s radar and the stars have finally aligned just in time for the new year.
“Mikh was actually the first player on our list since starting to build this team,” Peng says of his prized recruit. “We’ve made multiple efforts to get him and are thrilled that we have made it work. We feel it’s important to get the heritage import players we want as there are a limited number of players that fit what we were looking for.”
“McKinney is a player that can break down the defense and create for his teammates as well as pressure the ball defensively. Someone who can come in and fit perfectly with what we do and how we play on both sides of the floor.”
Though Kung Fu are undefeated, they still have room to improve in perimeter shooting. As of now, they are shooting a modest 30.6% from three-point range which is a level below the elite shooting teams in the league. McKinney is expected to improve that number.
In order to add McKinney to their roster as a Heritage Import, Chong Son Kung Fu basketball club has also released Jonathan Bermillo, who had been averaging 2.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game.
“The only sad thing about this signing is that we had to cut Jonathan Bermillo,” Peng says. “He has surpassed expectations and has done everything we could have ever asked for. He’s been a true professional and great teammate.”
McKinney will make his debut for Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club when they face CLS Knights Indonesia for the first time on Saturday, January 6 in Surabaya.