Former PBA player Keith Jensen is back, this time playing for the CSL Indonesia Knights in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) as a heritage import.
Jensen, who last played for GlobalPort during the 2015-16 season, was traded to the Star Hotshots (now Magnolia) along with Jonathan Uyloan for Yousef Taha and Ronald Pascual sometime May of 2016. The Hotshots then dealt Uyloan along with then rookies Mark Cruz and Norber Torres to the Phoenix Fuel Masters for Rodney Brondial and RR Garcia.
The 30-year old Fil-Am however failed to play a single game for Star and instead took a leave of absence apparently to take care of family issues in the US. He has career averages of 7.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Magnolia team manager Alvin Patrimonio admitted that team management hasn’t touched base with Jensen yet but said that there’s no issues with him playing again, as long as it’s not for another team in the PBA.
“Okay lang naman ang ABL. Pero pag sa PBA, any teams, hindi naman pwede kasi yung rights naman sa amin,” said Patrimonio.
The charismatic 4-time PBA MVP added that playing in the ABL is a good move for Jensen as it would physically prepare him for a PBA return. And Magnolia is more than ready to welcome him back when the time comes.
“Pag ready na ulit siya sa PBA, andito naman ang Magnolia Hotshots,” said Patrimonio.