Rhenz Abando quits Letran and turns pro with KBL’s Anyang KGC
Reigning NCAA MVP Rhenz Abando is on the move again as he turns pro to become the sixth Filipino import for the upcoming Korean Basketball League season.
MANILA, Philippines — Reigning NCAA MVP Rhenz Abando is set to leave two-time defending champion Letran Knights to turn pro with Anyang Korean Ginseng Corporation (KGC) of the Korean Basketball League (KBL), according to an announcement. of the team on Thursday, July 28.
The 24-year-old forward is coming off a stint with Gilas Pilipinas at the FIBA Asia Cup and a perfect 12-0 NCAA 97 season with Letran.
In his first and only year with the Knights, Abando averaged 15.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks to earn Rookie of the Year honors and of MVP.
The 6ft 2in outfielder ended his college career after pliing his trade at three colleges – the Philippine College of Science and Technology-Pangasinan in 2017, UST in 2019 and Letran in 2022.
Other imports joining Abando in the Filipino contingent are fellow Gilas players SJ Belangel, RJ Abarrientos and Will Navarro, as well as Ethan Alvano and Justin Gutang.
Abando now heads to a powerhouse KBL side that just finished second after a 4-1 series final loss to Seoul SK Knights.
He has a chance to face the eventual Philippine Cup champions PBA grouped with Anyang in the next East Asian Super League season later this year. – Rappler.com
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