IO – Wijaya “Wijin” Saputra, Technical Director of Dewa United Surabaya basketball, has the strong resolution of getting the Team the IBL championship in 2022. Not so surprising in view of the fact that Jamarr Johnson and his mates made the surprising breakthrough of getting in the Top Four! “Nothing extravagant for my resolution this year – just to continue to improve Dewa United’s level. And God willing, a championship this year,” he said.
Wijin works hard to achieve his resolution. “Other than routine daily practice, the Team participates in IBL tune-up games. We’ve recently battled Satria Muda and Indonesia Patriots in scrimmages,” he said. “All in all, the Team is ready to participate in this season’s IBL. May our 2022 Resolution be realized properly.”
The Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) 2022 competition is starting on 15 January at the Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall, Senayan, Jakarta. 16 clubs, including Dewa United Surabaya, will participate.
Wijin first knew about basketball in 6th grade. He practiced so much that he earned a basketball college scholarship. He succeeded to maintain his scholarship before becoming a professional basketball athlete on graduation. In 2008, he joined the NBL Indonesia professional league, initially playing for CLS Knight Surabaya before moving to Stadium Jakarta in 2014.
Soon after, Wijin left for Los Angeles to complete his formal education and work for the RI Consulate General. In February 2019, he returned to Indonesia to inherit the running of his parents’ business.
Wijin modeled in product ads, including health products, shoes, perfume, and fashion. This was how he met and dated Agnez Monica and Gisella Anastasia in turn. He has since broken up with them and is one of the most eligible bachelors in Surabaya. (rp)