PETALING JAYA: The MPL Development League (D-League) will continue to focus on developing young basketball talent in their second season which tips off on March 22.
In keeping with its goal, the league has enforced new rules which require teams to register a minimum of eight players under the age of 23 while only two national Under-23 players are allowed in each team.
National players over the age of 23 are also barred from competing.
Malaysian Pro League D-League marketing officer Ken Yap said that the second season will be a good platform for the growth of not only the players but all those involved.
“For the players, it’s a good way for them to make the transition towards becoming a professional player and it will also help them prepare for their long-term career choice,” said Ken.
“The league also aims to develop coaches, referees and technical officers, so it’s really a good platform for all.”
There will be nine teams competing this year.
Group A will comprise Kuching Lord Tiger, Red Baron Youth and Titijaya while Group B will see Westports Malaysia Dragons, Miri Firehorse and GoStrong.
In Group C, defending champions PRG Warriors, who are now called Kuala Lumpur Dragons, will take on Speed Hunters and VAG.
The champions will take home RM7,000 in prize money while the runners-up will pocket RM2,000 followed by RM1,000 for the third-placed team.
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