In what might come as a surprise move to many, the CLS Knights Indonesia added former long-time Singapore Slingers point guard Wong Wei Long for the upcoming season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
The two-time ABL Local Most Valuable Player last played for the Slingers in the 2016-2017 ABL season, begging off from playing during the past season, citing scheduling conflicts with his personal business commitments.
CLS Knights managing partner Christopher Tanuwidjaja confirmed the move after weeks of speculation about the addition of the 5-foot-9 point guard from Singapore.
“Wei Long is ideal point guard to lead this team, especially as we are going with many young talents. With the new regulations of ABL, we may hire Wei Long as a local player since his mom was born in Indonesia,” confirmed Tanuwidjaja. “That’s truly a blessing for us to be able to work with such amazing talent.”
Sporting career averages of 8.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, Wong has been a vital member of the Slingers since they debuted in the league in 2009, and was also a Singapore national team mainstay.
Wong instead suited up for Singapore’s Adroit Sports Association in the 2018 Thailand Basketball Super League (TBSL) and most recently during the Malaysia Hoops Challenge, which the CLS Knights also participated in.
Playing in that preseason tournament proved to be fateful for Wong and the Knights, where they made the connection that led to the signing.
“I feel it’s a great opportunity for me to be in a space where I can think about what I wanna do in the near future,” shared Wong. “In Singapore, I’m always rushing from point A to B every single day. Coming to Indonesia allows me to have more time on my own to work on my weaknesses and I hope I could contribute more to the team in time to come.”
The 5-foot-9 point guard will be expected to run the offense for the Surabaya-based squad at the heels of Indonesian legend Mario Wuysang’s retirement, and after the team parted ways with Indonesian-Filipino guard Ebrahim ‘Biboy’ Enguio.
Wong will be the second addition to the team after they added Indonesian-American forward Brandon Jawato earlier in the offseason, joining local standouts such as Indonesian national team member Sandy Kurniawan.
The Knights are set to open the sophomore season in the ASEAN Basketball League on the road as they visit the Saigon Heat on November 18.
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