The Saigon Heat have signed their eighth import of the season by picking up former Mono Vampire Malcolm White to replace Mike Bell.
No stranger to ASEAN basketball fans, Malcolm White played two conferences in the Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) before becoming a big part of Mono Vampire’s resurrection last season. He averaged 18.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game on 59.7 percent shooting in his first ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.
The 31-year-old big man joined the Thai squad during the middle of last season to replace Chris Charles. His contributions helped take the Vampire from last place after six games to a spot in the playoffs, with the team upsetting the top-seeded Formosa Dreamers in the first round and coming just a few buckets shy of reaching the Finals with White’s presence in the post.
White now finds himself in a similar situation with the Saigon Heat this time, as his new team is currently at the bottom of the league standings. Heat head coach Kevin Yurkus will hope for nothing more than for White to help replicate Mono’s turnaround last year.
At 6’9″, the former Louisiana State Tiger is known for his energy and strength as a big man. His aggressiveness on both ends are often shown through monstrous blocks and dunks, which should feed off to a passionate Heat home crowd. White’s mid-range jumpers are also an element that cannot be overlooked by opposing teams.
After recently finishing a stint with the Mali-based AS Police in the Basketball Africa League (BAL), White is due to arrive soon in Ho Chi Minh City to practice with his new teammates for an important road game against the Singapore Slingers on January 29th
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