Mono Vampire Basketball Club has completed their import trio for the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season by resigning long-time reinforcement Mike Singletary.
The 30-year old Texas-native has arrived back in Bangkok to join the Mono Warriors for playoffs of the newly-formed Thailand Professional Basketball League (TPBL), where the Mono Vampire affiliate team has an automatic bye to the semifinals after finishing second in the regular season.
“The team and management has become family, and (my family) loves being here in Thailand,” shared the perennial Most Valuable Player candidate, who averaged 24.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.8 steals with the team last season in the ABL.
This time around, he will be teaming up with Mono Vampire’s newest acquisitions in former ABL World Import MVP Anthony Tucker and stretch big man Ryan Watkins, who both played for the Macau Black Bears last season.
“I’m excited about it. Two great players, but even better guys,” said Singletary. “I know their work ethic, and especially Tuck’s leadership, will be huge for our team. We have the ability to be special.”
Apart from their two new imports, the 6-foot-6 forward believes their local line-up is among the best in the league, and that retaining the core of the team gives them an edge in terms of chemistry.
“I think we have a really special roster this year and could do some major damage in the ABL. I’ve been watching the team play and have loved the growth I’ve seen and I know they can only get better.”
Singletary has won three domestic titles since joining Mono Vampire in 2016, but they have yet to win an ABL championship. The Thai club was one win away in 2018, but failed to secure a Game 5 win on the road against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. They will have another crack at it once the season opens around November.
“We have the same goal as every year, it’s about winning the championship. We’ve been close for two years now, and that has left a bitter taste in my mouth. We have some unfinished business and I think in our eyes, anything short of a championship is a failure.”
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