Just when we were expecting Mono Vampire to bring in a smaller, but faster center to replace Reggie Johnson on their ABL 8 roster, the team has decided to attain the services of gigantic free agent, Samuel Deguara.
Big Sam is currently the fourth tallest basketball player in the world, standing at 7’6’’ and weighing in at as much as 300 pounds. Yes, you are right, he is surely bigger and taller than Reggie Johnson, however, Deguara is not as quick as Johnson with his movement on the floor.
Before joining the Vampire in the ABL, he received Thailand Basketball League’s (TBL) Best Center Award (2017) playing for PEA Basketball Club while partnered with one of Westports Malaysia Dragons’ newest additions, Joshua Munzon.
After his stint on PEA, Deguara also represented Farmcochem Basketball Club during the 2017 Malaysia Pro League (MPL) in October as well as in a minor tournament, claiming himself two championships. He was later brought in to play in another local tournament in East Malaysia, where he was pitted against newest Singapore Slingers signee Christien Charles in the final, and once again came away with the last laugh.
In comparison to the rest of the big men from other ABL teams, Big Sam’s inside presence could serve as their biggest threat, especially since the Kung Fu’s Justin Howard and the Knights’ Brian Williams are essentially the only two players who can challenge him in terms of both height and size.
On the other hand, Deguara’s lack of outside shooting should certainly limit the Vampire in spreading the floor. In addition, his speed and lateral movement could pose problems when switching to guard smaller but more athletic players such as Marcus Marshall, Tyler Lamb, and Akeem Scott.
Surely, these potential concerns must have been brought up by the Mono Vampire coaching staff before making the move to sign the big man, so the team may have something up their sleeves in how to ideally utilize Deguara in their schemes.
Fans shouldn’t be too worried, but we’ll just have to wait and see the team’s new approach in their upcoming games. Perhaps this could be another groundbreaking signing that will change the league again, similar to last year when Hong Kong Eastern brought in Marcus Elliott and showed just how valuable an athletic and dynamic guard could have on a team’s overall success.