Skylar Spencer has found a home professionally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After weighing his many options Spencer has signed to play for the defending champion Westports Malaysia Dragons of the Association of South East Nations (ASEAN). Spencer passed on many offers including some in Italy, Spain, and a starting job in the National Basketball Association Developmental League. He is on his way to Malaysia now and is ready to get on the court with his new teammates.
“He’s excited to get to Malaysia, be in the Asian Basketball market, and get exposure,” his agent Benjamin Khabie, of Vision Quest Agency, told us.
Over the summer Spencer worked out with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Boston Celtics and got positive reviews. However, when the opportunity to play for new Dragons coach Chris Thomas presented itself Spencer opted to go to Malaysia. Thomas spent eight years at the college level as an assistant coach and had stints as a scout with the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, and Utah Jazz. During those stops he was involved in the development of players like Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, and Steph Curry. Playing in a beautiful city such as Kuala Lumpur and for an experienced coach made the Dragons an attractive landing spot for Spencer.
“[Playing for Chris] he will be coached by a former NBA advanced scout, player development coach, and assistant coach,” Khabie said.
Playing in Malaysia will be a great first step for Spencer since there are many positives. “In Malaysia, under Chris Thomas, [Spencer] will have the opportunity to further develop as a complete player, specifically offensively,” Khabie said, “ plus he also gets exposure in an up and coming market.” In addition to those positives, Spencer will join the top team in the league and will look to develop his offensive game while providing the Dragons with the dominant defense that we all have grown to know and love.
Spencer becomes the third player from last year’s senior class to sign a professional basketball contract abroad. Winston Shepard signed to play in Hungary, while Angelo Chol will bring his game to Portugal.