The CLS Knights Indonesia have moved on from their partnership with Filipino guard Rudy Lingganay, as the ball club has brought over former PBA cager Keith Jensen to replace him, according to reports that circulated on Tuesday.
Lingganay’s exit from the team was reported by Indonesian website Jawa Pos. The 31-year-old floor general arrived in Surabaya last December 2017 to serve as one of their Heritage Imports, but was only fielded for one game. Lingganay is currently playing in the TBSL.
Mainbasket.com reported Jensen’s signing on Tuesday evening.
“Today he arrived in Surabaya. With his experience competing in the PBA league, I know he can contribute immediately and adapt to the system of coach Koko,” said CLS Managing Partner Christopher Tanuwidjaja.
Jensen was the eighth overall pick in the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft by the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. He was then shipped to the now-defunct Barako Bull in his rookie year, and got traded to the GlobalPort Batang Pier the next season.
He was dealt by the Batang Pier in 2016 to the Star Hotshots, but never saw action with them, as he took an indefinite leave from the league to fly back to the United States and attend to some personal matters.
Throughout his four-year run in the PBA, the 30-year-old forward had averages of 5.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.9 assists.
CLS broke their eight-game losing streak last Sunday. The Knights are currently 2-8 in the standings.
The six-foot-four Filipino-American is expected to make his CLS debut on February 4, as they take on another Fil-Am Joshua Munzon and Westports Malaysia Dragons at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.