KIA Motors has narrowed down its Asian import prospects to two point guards from newly-crowned Korean Basketball League (KBL) champion Ulsan Mobis Phoebus and the Incheon ET Lang Elephants.
KIA team manager Eric Pineda said the expansion team is currently looking at Incheon point guard Park Sungjin and another playmaker from Mobis which he said the Korean team has to name.
“Yung sa Mobis, wala pang sinasabi kung sino, pero ang hinihintay lang namin is either point guard or shooting guard,” Pineda told Spin.ph on Wednesday.
Mobis, which recently won its third straight KBL title and a league-best sixth overall, has two potential Asian imports from its point guard roster in Yang Dong Geun and backup playmaker Goo Young Park.
Yang, the Phoebus’ team captain, was named the Finals MVP after averaging 20 points in the championship series where they scored a clean 4-0 sweep of Wonju Dongbu Promy.
Yang is also a member of the South Korean team that played in the 2013 Fiba Asia championships in Manila as well as in the Fiba World Cup in Spain last year.
He delivered 22 points in the title-clinching game, along with six rebounds and five assists.
On the other hand, Goo normed 4.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists as the reserve playmaker.
Meantime, Park, a six-foot point guard, averaged 4.7 points, 2.2 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 57 games for the Elephants this past season.
“For a Korean player, di na rin masama,” added Pineda, who is well aware that American imports usually get the lion’s share of points and rebounds in the KBL.
Pineda said they intend to make a decision on their choice for Asian import by next week.
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