Filipino-Indonesian guard Ebrahim ‘Biboy’ Enguio has officially signed to join the CLS Knights Indonesia for the 2017-2018 season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
Enguio is currently playing for Stapac Basketball-Jakarta in the 2017 Honda Jawa Pos Pro Tournament in Surabaya and is expected to join the Knights on the road when they face Mono Vampire Basketball Club in Thailand on November 29.
The former Indonesia Basketball League (IBL) Rookie and Sixth Man of the Year awardee is also expected to continue to competing in similar local competitions with his long-time Indonesian club team Stapac (formerly Aspac Jakarta).
The 6’0’’ guard was drafted 27th overall by Blackwater Elite in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) draft, but like many other prospects, remained unsigned due to the lack of open roster spots in the Filipino professional league.
“When one door is closed, another one opens,” said the 28-year-old Enguio, “I’m very thankful to boss Chris (Tanuwidjaja) and the CLS organization for the opportunity. I cannot wait to play in the ABL in front of the great Indonesian fans here in Surabaya and also in the Philippines.”
Even as a two-time South East Asian Games silver medallist with Timas Indonesia, sudden rule changes in the IBL back in 2016 had classified Enguio as a foreign player which hindered him from further playing as a local and to count as an import. As a welcome development on the other front, he reportedly met all of the ABL’s criteria and will not have to suit up as a heritage import for the Knights in their first season in the ABL according to a report by Mainbasket.
Enguio will have to miss the Knights’ next away game when they play the Singapore Slingers at OCBC Arena in Singapore on November 26 before joining the team after the tournament in Surabaya.