Most basketball players are just entering the prime of their careers in their mid to late twenties. At just 27 years old, Caelan Tiongson has decided that he will no longer pursue basketball professionally.
The 6’5 Filipino-American player, who last suited up for the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, announced his shocking decision in an Instagram post.
“My basketball career has come to an end and I just wanted to post about how thankful I am for all the memories and support. I never thought that when I picked up a basketball going into high school that it would take me to so many places that I’ll never forget,” he shared in a lengthy post on Monday.
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“At 6’5 from Pomona, California….#5…” Tough to say that I’m probably not gonna be hearing that introduction ever again! My basketball career has come to an end and I just wanted to post about how thankful I am for all the memories and support. I never thought that when I picked up a basketball going into high school that it would take me to so many places that I’ll never forget. Very blessed to have gone on this journey with my two biggest fans in my mom and grandma. They will never know how much their commitment to my basketball journey meant to me. For those who followed along and cheered me on, I’ll always be appreciative for making the memories even more special! As this door closes, I am truly excited for what God has in store for me moving forward. So thanks again, and enjoy the last pic 😉
Tiongson first joined the ABL in the 2017-18 season when he reinforced the Chong Son Kung Fu (now the Macau Black Bears) as the team’s heritage import. Grabbing an opportunity to suit up for his motherland the following year, he joined the Jimmy Alapag-coached Alab squad and teamed up with the likes of Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and Renaldo Balkman, among others.
He normed respectable averages of 9.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per contest in his two-year ABL stint. Prior to his announcement, Tiongson was expected to be part of the 2019 PBA draft, especially with fellow Filipino-American players Jason Brickman and Jeremiah Gray linked to be part of the pool.
Tiongson joins the ranks of former Alab players Josh Urbiztondo and Rico Maierhofer who also called it quits earlier this year.
(Image from ABL)