Committing to build a higher level of Saigon Heat with the new culture and new mission, Head coach Kyle Julius has brought the championship point guard Akeem Scott to the team.
Although being 1.85m tall only, this PG is highly appreciated by Kyle Julius as this is the player Kyle used to coach at London Lightning – the team that won championship in Canadian NBL 2015/1016.
In this championship season, Akeem Scott played 28 games (27 games in the starting five). He was third best scorer with impressive 19.9ppg and had 3.5rpg, 7.0apg (top 5) and 1.9spg (in top 3). With these impressive statistics, he became one of the top players in the season. Akeem himself was also selected in the All-star team.
The scouts decsribe him: “Fleet-footed point guard who can also score… equally adept at creating his own shot or setting the table for others. Akeem is a tremendous competitor with great speed and a good basketball mind.”
Sharing about the key features that he is looking for in the Saigon Heat players, Coach Kyle Julius said: “In regard to the new culture, I have a system that I trust and believe in. It is about putting players’ work ethics and their characters first, about having players who can put the team first, but at the same time they must be highly skilled. Work ethics, team first and skills!”
“Akeem Scott embodies that completely. He lives that way, he plays that way. In my entire playing days and coaching so far, he is the best player that I have ever been around. His leadership is incredible, his skill is very high and his work ethic is amazing. His teammates love him and everywhere he plays, the fans fall in love with him.”
“It is very important that I brought him here. He embodies and he reprensents what I want. It is not just myself talking, now it is somebody showing us!”
Having played at 7 different countries, Akeem Scoot is expected to intergrate into Saigon Heat in no time. All of the excited Heat-fans will surely look forward to his performance in the ABL 8.
On the other hand, Saigon Heat decided to waive its ex-center Christien Charles. “As part of the Saigon Heat’s ambition to bring the team to the next level, we have decided not to bring back Christien Charles. This was an extremely difficult decision as Christien’s character and work ethic are good fits for the new team culture. Unfortunately due to health and strategic play considerations, Saigon Heat has decided to go in another direction.” Mr. Connor Nguyen, Saigon Heat GM, stated.