Other Sports

Published: Monday July 29, 2013 MYT 10:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday July 29, 2013 MYT 4:20:27 PM

US training stint to benefit Dragons' cager Kuek

Learning experience: Westports Malaysia Dragons forward Kuek Tian Yuen (left) with Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups (middle) and Dragons' head coach Ariel Vanguardia

Learning experience: Westports Malaysia Dragons forward Kuek Tian Yuen (left) with Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups (middle) and Dragons' head coach Ariel Vanguardia

PETALING JAYA: The Westports Malaysia Dragons have stepped up their player development efforts by sending youngster Kuek Tian Yuen to the United States for a training camp earlier this month.

The 22-year-old Tian Yuen is one of the more promising players in the Dragons squad and has been playing in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) since 2010.

The 2.02m forward is also a mainstay in the national team and was involved in the 2011 SEA Games.


Yet, despite his raw potential, Tian Yuen has yet to live up to his potential, usually facing a confidence crisis when going up against the bigger and stronger players in the ABL. 

Nevertheless, the Dragons have recognised his talent and sent him to the States to compete in the Global Basketball Summer League and training at the Bridgewater Academy Exposure Camp run by former NBA player Sean Rooks.

He currently trains under Joe Abunassar, who has worked with and help developed top NBA players such as Kevin Garnett, Chauncey Billups, Dwight Howard and Paul Pierce.

Dragons head coach Ariel Vanguardia, who is also in the US for scouting purposes, said that the training stint was meant to help Tian Yuen realise his full potential.

“He is still young, a work in progress and we will continue to invest in helping him develop to reach his full potential,” said Vanguardia.

Tian Yuen, who will finish his training stint on Aug 3, said he was grateful for the opportunity to train in the US.

“I was nervous at first but coach Ariel and Dragons general manager Yakub Hussaini helped me settled down. I am looking to give my best and learn as much as I can,” said the Johor-born cager.

Tags / Keywords: Sport, Sport Others, basketball, others, Kuek Tian Yuen, Westports Malaysia Dragons, Chauncey Billups

advertisement

  1. Karolina makes it to q-finals, sister bows out
  2. Suarez out to torment struggling Norwich again
  3. Favourites go on goal spree at Selangor league

advertisement

advertisement