During the first qualifying round of the FIBA Asia Cup Pre-Qualifiers 2025 (FIBA Asia Cup Pre-Qualifiers 2025), an online vote to find the favorite players was also posted on the official fanpage. of the prize. In the top 10 of this list are two Vietnamese players, Nguyen Huynh Phu Vinh and Tran Dang Khoa. In which, Phu Vinh is currently ranked 7th with 422 votes and Khoa Tran follows at 8th place with 235 votes. Voting is still going on.
Phu Vinh with a height of 2.03m plays impressively in the Vietnamese basketball team’s shirt at the Asian Cup
For the first time at the Asian-class playground, both Vietnamese basketball stars played quite impressively. At the UG Arena, Nguyen Huynh Phu Vinh scored 28 points before a dramatic match with the host Mongolia, in which the rate of three-throws reached an excellent level of 80% (4/5). Previously, in the opening match against Tahiti, Phu Vinh also led the scoring index across the field with 20 points. “I think Phu Vinh is currently one of the best strikers in Vietnam. I look forward to Phu Vinh’s further success because I firmly believe that he is the type of player who is always ready for big challenges like this Asian tournament,” said Vietnam basketball coach Matt Van Pelt. Praise for Phu Vinh.
Khoa Tran also has an impressive playing style
Tran Dang Khoa (Khoa Tran) also left an impression with an average of 12.5 points and 4.8 assists per game. The defender in 1997 was one of the key elements of the Vietnamese basketball team when he was both responsible for controlling the rhythm of the game and also being the trigger to score points. Khoa is a defender who can play well in the role of holding the ball and scoring. In the Vietnam team, he has to coordinate the ball, escape the pressure of the opponent and find a way to put the ball in the basket. Khoa is a necessary player in the team’s system”, coach Matt Van Pelt shared about Khoa Tran’s role. The aggressive style of competition, the characteristic ruffled hair and the “shake the hip” movement when throwing a free throw also help Khoa Tran create an unforgettable highlight with the Asian basketball fan community.
The Vietnamese basketball team stopped in the preliminary round of the Asian Basketball Cup
Before traveling in the capital Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), last September, Phu Vinh and Khoa Tran and Saigon Heat Club won the VBA 2022 championship. For the first time in 60 years, returning to the tournament organized by FIBA ( International Basketball Federation) organized, the Vietnamese basketball team got a big victory against Tahiti and lost in the match against Thailand, Mongolia, and Malaysia. With the result of 1 win 3 defeat, the Vietnamese team stopped in Group D of the FIBA Asia 2025 preliminary round.