The Macau Black Bears (formerly Chong Son Kung Fu) add American big man Ryan Watkins as their third import for the upcoming season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
The former Boise State Bronco last starred for Sopron KC in Hungary’s A Division, averaging 16.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.5 steals in 33 contests, all while shooting an efficient 59.3 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc.
The 6’9” power forward was played four years in the US NCAA, before taking his talents overseas to Finland and Hungary after he went unpicked in the 2014 NBA Draft.
“I’m really excited to join the team. I know they had a great season last year and have a lot of talented players,” said the 27-year-old Watkins. “I played against Anthony (Tucker) in Hungary. He can really fill up the stat sheet. I know he is the reigning MVP of the league, that is a really amazing accomplishment. Him and Mikh (McKinney) are both great players.”
The franchise has closed up shop in the laid-back city of Foshan in China to be the first ever professional sports team in one of the biggest entertainment hubs of Asia. The transfer to Macau will also usher in a new batch of local Macanese players that will be joining Tucker in the new-look team this upcoming season.
“This will be my first time in Asia. I’m really interested to see what it is like and experience the culture,” added Watkins. “I’ve also heard that the league has continually gotten better every year. This team has a lot to prove and we will take it one game at a time. I will do my best to help my team win.”
Watkins will be joining the returning league MVP’s Anthony Tucker and Mikh McKinney as they try to push the Black Bears to an even better finish than their already impressive debut last season, even as the franchise lost Filipino-American forward Caelan Tiongson to the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.
The ninth season ASEAN Basketball League is set to return in November.
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