San Miguel Alab Pilipinas will be going with three world imports for the first time in the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.
Khalif Wyatt, an American player who is a veteran of the international basketball scene, will be joining Alab Pilipinas after playing in Israel for rhe past five years.
The 6-foot-4 combo guard averaged 18.9 points, 5.7 assists, and 2.0 steals, while shooting 47.5 percent from the field per game for Hapoel Unet Holon at the Basketball Champions League.
Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag endorses the addition of Wyatt, who also had a short stint in the NBA DLeague sometime after making his professional debut with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball League (CBA) in 2013.
“We’re excited to have Khalif on board with us at San Miguel Alab Pilipinas this season,” shared Alapag, who will attempt to steer the team back to another deep playoff run this season.
“(Wyatt) brings veteran leadership and versatility in our backcourt with his ability to play both guard positions. Excited for our Alab Pilipinas fans to get an opportunity to see him play.”
When he arrives, Wyatt will be joining former ABL Co-Defensive Player of the Year Renaldo Balkman and Jamaican big man Adrian Forbes as the team’s third import. The move marks the first time Alab Pilipinas will utilize three reinforcements at any time since the rule change was implemented one year ago.
The 2017-18 ABL Champions only went with two world imports last season as they partnered hulking center PJ Ramos with Balkman, but suffered an early quarterfinals exit where they got swept by Hong Kong Eastern in two games despite finishing the regular season as the second-seeded team.
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas continues to build their roster as they attempt to make a return to championship contention, adding sharpshooter Jeremiah Grey, guard Louie Vigil, and veteran forward Aaron Aban into the lineup.
However, they will only have under a month left to prepare before they tip off their 2019-20 campaign on the road against the Mono Vampire Basketball Club on November 17.
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