The Saigon Heat continue to add size and athleticism to its 2019-20 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) roster with the return of Justin Young.
Following the news of Chris Dierker re-upping with the Saigon Heat for a second straight ABL season, the team continued its pursuit of size and athleticism in foreign-born Vietnamese players by bringing back regional veteran Justin Young.
Young, who debuted in the ABL last season with the Heat, immediately made his presence felt for the team when he hit a game-winner to beat the CLS Knights in their season-opener in 2018, and despite averaging just 4.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, holds value that goes beyond what is recorded in the stat sheet.
Standing at 6-feet-4, the Monterey Park, California native is a willing and capable defender who can guard multiple positions, allowing him to impact a game without requiring the ball in his hands nor having to look for his shot.
Since entering the Vietnam Basketball Association (VBA) during its inaugural season in 2016, Young has been a mainstay within the region. In addition to his four seasons of professional ball in Vietnam’s domestic league, which includes a championship title in 2017 with the Thang Long Warriors, Young has also appeared for the Hanoi Buffaloes and PEA Basketball Club in Thailand, along with representing Vietnam at the 2017 SEA Games and 2019 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup tournaments.
Before joining the Heat for the ABL’s 10th season, Young will be competing at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines as part of Vietnam’s national team where he will be joined by Heat teammates Tam Dinh and Chris Dierker, pushing Saigon’s season opener to a later start than in other seasons.
The Heat are scheduled to begin their 2019-20 campaign when they host Mono Vampire Backetball Club at CIS Arena on January 3.
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