The Formosa Dreamers have reportedly added 2016-17 NCAA Division I scoring leader Marcus Keene and veteran big man Liam McMorrow as world imports to play alongside Jerran Young for the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.
Despite previous statements made by team manager Blackie Chen that the Dreamers would play the 2019-20 ABL season with just two world imports during Kyle Julius’ official introduction as the team’s new head coach, it appears that the Taiwanese club will instead enter the upcoming season with the maximum of three.
According to a report by ET Today shortly following the team’s press conference Wednesday afternoon, the Dreamers have bolstered their roster with the additions of Marcus Keene and Liam McMorrow.
In a brief appearance for Mono Vampire Basketball Club last season, Keene looked impressive as he averaged 32.5 points and 5.0 assists per contest, but was released after just two games. And though his ABL career has been short-lived thus far, the American guard believes he has staying power in the league given the small sample size.
“There’s nothing to prove,” Keene responded when asked about his desire to prove doubters wrong. “The ABL seen what I could do in the two games I played. I didn’t get cut because of my talent, it just wasn’t the right fit for the team.”
He most recently played for Jeonju KCC Egis in the Korean Basketball League (KBL), where he averaged 16.4 points and 3.1 assists per game in 17 appearances and became a fan favorite after knocking down a game-winning three-pointer against Anyang KGC.
Dating back to his time at Central Michigan University, Keene has been regarded as a fearless scoring weapon, but what is often overlooked his playmaking ability in finding open teammates on the floor. Now joining his third team in Asia within a two year span, Keene is eager to help lead the Dreamers to victories.
“I’m coming to Formosa to win, to show our fans what I’m capable of doing night-in and night-out,” Keene said. “I’ll show my scoring ability and creativity for others.”
Fans who have followed Julius’ coaching career understand that his system is strongly predicated around strong point guard play, and both he and Keene are mutually enthusiastic for the opportunity to work together.
“I’m excited to play for Coach Julius, he is very excited to have me,” the 5-foot-9 guard shared. “I’m ready to come in and play my game and do whatever it takes for us to win.”
The addition of Keene gives an already-packed Dreamers backcourt another dimension to play around, with his presence seemingly fulfilling Julius’ search for a floor general.
The Formosa Dreamers are set to begin their 2019-20 ABL campaign on the road against Mono Vampire November 23rd, before facing off against the Macau Black Bears in the team’s home opener December 1st.
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