Last week, the Slingers announced the signing of their only ASEAN import, a point guard, Kris Rosales, who would replace Al Vergara.
While the 22-year old 6’0 Fil-Am point guard is a new name to the island state of Singapore, he is no doubt a big name in the Philippines, as one of the first pure Filipinos out of an American college to have a decent shot at the NBA.
Till date, Kris has had workouts with NBA teams such as the Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers and the Sacramento Kings.
He has since come a long way, from the states to the Philippines, where he played in the PBA D-League, and finally down to Singapore.
Slingers Nation managed to catch up with Kris Rosales over the weekend and conducted an exclusive interview with the team’s newest ASEAN import.
SN: Hi Kris, it’s a pleasure to meet you. We were indeed surprised to see your name on the Slingers 2016 roster. How did you get call up to play for the Singapore Slingers.
KR: My agent Charlie Dy provided me with the opportunity to try out with the Slingers. That’s how I got here.
SN: Prior to the Slingers where else did you play professionally?
KR: I played in the PBA D-league for one season prior to joining the Slingers. I suited up for Jumbo Plastic and Tanduay Light in the Philippines.
SN: Have you been given any monikers as basketball player? If so, what do they call you?
KR: No monikers here in Singapore (yet), but in the Philippines, my friends called me “Baby Jap” because I look similar to Japeth Aguilar who plays for Ginebra in the PBA.
SN: Can you share with us your all-time favourite basketball moment?
KR: That would be playing in the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.
SN: And your favourite NBA Team?
KR: My favorite NBA team, that would be the Los Angeles Lakers.
SN: That’s my favourite NBA team too. Well, what are you looking to bring to the Slingers? Could you describe your game?
KR: I look to bring energy on both the defensive and offensive end. I am a playmaker on both ends. I like to create turnovers with on ball defense, and I like to attack in transition and find my teammates. That’s my game!
SN: What are you looking forward this coming season?
KR: I’m looking forward to helping the Slingers win in any way possible, and of course, to have a memorable season with my teammates, coaches, and the fans.
SN: How has Singapore been treating you so far?
KR: I love Singapore. It is my first time here and I can’t wait to explore the city.