Charles bags ABL World Import MVP title

Sports Rev Thailand Slammers star Chris Charles has scooped the ASEAN Basketball League's (ABL) World Import MVP award for 2013.

Chris Charles
Marcus Chhan

By Marcus Chhan

Charles, who was named the ABL's Defensive Player of the Year last week, averaged 19.7 points and 14.5 rebounds per game in the regular season as well as leading the league in blocks at 4.1 per contest.

His strong performances helped the Slammers make the ABL Playoffs Semi-finals where they gave the top ranked San Miguel Beermen a tough fight before losing in four games in a best-of-five series.

"Big career milestone and although it's an individual award it's a result of many people helping me to reach a point of success," Charles told FOX Sports.

"This [award] and winning two championships in Syria are probably the highlights of my career so far because they both had character building moments."

In a press statment, Charles also revealed he was "extremely grateful towards the ABL, organizations, coaches and fans" for this latest honour.

"It means so much to me because of how my journey here started. I remember being back in Milwaukee kind of uncertain about where I would play this season," he said.

"So when this opportunity came I was mentally and physically ready to play. Very hungry."

Charles added: "The major factor is [Slammers] coach Joe Bryant. He puts his guys in positions to excel on the court."

"Can't thank him enough. My basketball IQ is definitely higher because of him. His basketball knowledge is incredible."

The selection process for the player awards began with ABL officials selecting nominees for each category based on statistics from the regular season.

Nominees are required to have played in at least 16 games in order to be eligible. The list of nominees was then sent to each team. Votes were then cast based on a ranking system. The league collates the ballots to determine the winners.

Other ABL imports nominated in the World Import category included the Indonesia Warriors' Chris Daniels, the Westports Malaysia Dragons' Gavin Edwards, the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers' Rashad Jones-Jennings and the Saigon Heat's David Palmer.

"Chris Charles made an immediate impact in our league on both ends of the floor," ABL CEO Anthony Macri said.

"His length and athleticism turned the Slammers into a playoff team. In addition, his leadership and high quality character have been evident throughout the season."

Charles holds the single game high mark for rebounds (27) and blocks (9) this season and also recorded 16 double-doubles in the campaign.



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