Now that the second conference is over, teams have been scouting for basketball talents overseas to parade as their PBA imports for 2013 Governors Cup.
Most teams are gunning for a high-scoring import that will bring them a title in this year’s last conference. Here are the latest updates on teams’ choices for imports with height limit of 6’5:
PBA Imports 2013
- Rain or Shine. The defending champion Elasto Painters decided not to call back 2012 Best Import Jamelle Cornley but opted to re-hire 2011 Best Import Arizona Reid, who had 28.67 points, 15.42 rebounds and 4.17 assists average in his previous stint in PBA.
- San Mig Coffee. The Mixers, who lost to ROS last year, will once again hire the services of Marqus Blakely. “We went to a game 7 championship with him. We just fell short because he fouled out early in the fourth quarter, so we want to give him another opportunity,” said coach Tim Cone.
- Barangay Ginebra. The crowd-favorite Gin Kings has reportedly tapped Dior Lowhorn, a prolific scorer who
played for Saigon Heat in Asean Basketball League. He averaged 26.7 points and 8.42 rebounds in the tournament.
- Petron Blaze. The Boosters signed up D-League player Elijah Millsap.
- Talk N’ Text. Norman Black’s team is keen on bringing back Tony Mitchell, who saw action in Commissioner’s Cup after replacing Jerome Jordan.
- Barako Bull. Rajko Toroman originally tapped Othyus Jeffers as Energy Colas import in the Dubai Invitational and in Governors Cup, but negotiations on him failed. They picked Mike Singletary instead, and he had 37 points and 14 rebounds in their game against Libya.
- Alaska. The newly-crowned champ Aces will go for back-to-back titles with Wendel McKines. McKines recently played in France, averaging 17.3 points and 8.9 rebounds.
- Globalport. Junel Baculi’s team tapped Markeith Cummings, a 24-year-old scorer from Kennesaw State in Georgia.
- Air21. The Express will bring back last year’s import Zach Graham.
- Meralco. Last year’s import Mario West is on top of Bolts’ list.
The import-laden PBA Governors Cup 2013 will start on August 14, a week after the FIBA Asia Championship in Manila.