Kyle Jeffers (left) will wear the colours of the Slingers again. (Photo © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports Archives)
Singapore, Friday, March 16, 2012 — In the face of a seven-game losing skid, the Singapore Slingers have decided to bring back Kyle Jeffers into their squad and release centre Donald Little.
According to a post on the Singapore Slingers official website, the team is releasing the American centre because Little has a heel injury since the beginning of the season which has not cleared up.
Little averaged 13.25 points, 9.33 rebounds and 2.25 blocks in the 12 games he played for the Slingers. Little previously played for the Philippine Patriots in the second season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
Kyle Jeffers is a familiar face to Slingers fans having been a key part of the roster in the first two ABL seasons. Jeffers averaged 14.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game with the Slingers.
Jeffers joined the Slingers as part of their front office staff at the start of the third ABL season after recently playing for the Canberra Gunners in Australia and InderValle in Colombia.
“It was very unfortunate to see Donald (Little) go,” said Slingers head coach Neo Beng Siang on singaporeslingers.com. “He tried his best to recover from his injuries but it wasn’t going to be at the pace that we needed. On the bright side, we have someone who knows the system in Kyle Jeffers who can make an immediate impact.”
“At the end of the day, we had to make a decision based on where we want this team to be,” said Slingers general manager, Michael Johnson. “It was difficult to come to the conclusion to let Little go, however, we also need to ensure that we are fielding a healthy team that can last the entire season. The Singapore Slingers thanks Donald Little for his efforts and wish him the best in all his future endeavors.”
Donald Little’s time with the Slingers comes to an end after 12 games. (Photo © Low Sze Sen/Red Sports)