Slingers add 4 rookies to 2015-16 squad

The Singapore Slingers announced their 2015-16 roster for the upcoming ABL season earlier this evening.

Singapore Slingers 2015-16 Roster

Singapore Slingers 2015-16 Roster

The local contingent sees veterans Wong Wei Long, Desmond Oh, Ng Han Bin, Delvin Goh, Chase Tan and Wu Qingde returning. However, it also features 4 new local players – Leon Kwek, John Tan, Kelvin Lim and Toh Qing Huang.

Missing from the roster though were standout rookies from last season, Russel Low and Larry Liew, who were unable to re-sign with the team due to undisclosed reasons.

With the departure of two budding stars, the team can only look towards the development a new young core of rookie players this season.

Amongst the 4 rookies, 19- year old Leon Kwek will be heading the pack, having gained some reputation from playing a prominent role in Singapore’s recent FIBA Asia Campaign.

The 6’2 Leon averaged 7.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 22 minutes of action, and even started a game against Korea where he scored an international career high of 12 points.

Leon Kwek contesting a shot

Leon Kwek contesting a shot

As a guard-forward, Leon’s strength is in his athletic ability. This translates well into the ability to rebound the ball and finish around the rim.

There is no coincidence Leon Kwek’s game is one that closely resembles one of the Slingers’ all-time great, the “Flyboy”, Hong Wei Jian. Wei Jian was in fact Leon’s personal mentor for much of his formative basketball years.

Will we see Leon carry the torch of his mentor Hong Wei Jian this season?

Another standout rookie to watch is 20-year old guard Toh Qing Huang, who is another budding player on the national team.

The 6’0 Qing Huang is a lighting quick fleeting footed guard who will add much needed speed to the Slingers contingent.

Qing Huang driving to the basket

Qing Huang driving to the basket

The other 2 additional to the squad is the 21-year old John Ng and 19-year old Kelvin Lim.

John Ng playing some defense

John Ng playing some defense

Both John and Kelvin are 6’3 wing players who will add much needed length and size on the perimeter.

Kelvin Lim

Kelvin Lim

With the signing of 4 promising rookies, the Slingers are definitely looking towards their future.

Who amongst these 4 young players will blossom into Singapore’s next superstar?

All eyes are watching.

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Singapore wins first-ever FIBA Asia game vs Malaysia, Delvin Goh delivers career performance with 20 points and 18 rebounds

The Singapore national team entered into the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship without 2 of their regular starters – Russel Low and Larry Liew.

After absorbing tough losses from powerhouse teams in such as China, Korea and Jordan during the preliminary group-stage, the team had only one simple goal – to win a basketball game at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.

This is the tiny island-state’s second consecutive outing to the prestigious Asia tournament, after its basketball fortunes had picked up over the last 3 years.

Singapore 2015 National Team

On 28 September 2015, the Singapore national team made history once again and recorded their first ever FIBA Asia win defeating their causeway rivals Malaysia in an emphatic 92-59 victory.

On the same day, Delvin Goh, who is the national team’s most promising young star, recorded an international career-high with 20 points, 18 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 block. The 20-year old centre has been no less outstanding in this tournament, having to helm the fort without his compatriot Russel Low in the line-up.

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Surprisingly, Delvin was also the most efficient player on the team, averaging 8.2 points and 10.4 rebounds for the tournament.

He was also ranked the 3rd best rebounder of the tournament as of 28 September 2015, over the likes of players like Andray Blatche (Philippines), Yi Jianlian (China) and Hamed Haddadi (Iran).

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Lim Sheng Yu, an undersized big man who recently returned to the national squad, was also a standout, recording 24 points and 11 rebounds.

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The win allowed Singapore to clinch the 15th position in the 2015 FIBA Championship over Malaysia.

With this tournament being the last for a few veteran national players, this win to close their international career was definitely a sweet one. Even sweeter is the fact that the future of Singapore basketball is certainly bright with the emergence and blossoming of their 20-year old star on the international stage.

Watch Lim Shengyu score a basket against Yi Jianlian here: