6í8 Carter is Alabís new import; 6í11 Hughes may be next

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 29, 2016 03:09 PM
6í8 Carter is Alabís new import; 6í11 Hughes may be next
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Alab Pilipinas head coach Mac Cuan didn’t get his number one wish for Christmas.

Still, he will have for himself newer, bigger toys to play with when action resumes in the 2016 Asean Basketball League.

Cuan confirmed on Thursday that six-foot-eight American Sampson Carter has been tapped to be one of the two new reinforcements for the Philippines.

The forward out of the University of Massachusetts will arrive in Manila on January 3 and will suit up for Alab when they take on Kaohsiung on January 8 in Taiwan.

Carter played a few preseason games for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2015 before seeing action for Canton in the NBA D-League and Caballeros de Culiacan in Mexico.

The American has been penciled in as a replacement ever since the Filipinos let go of initial imports Lee and Dong Seung-Jun a week ago.

Then, Cuan said he had a big man he considers a “priority.”

Unfortunately, Alab fell short in getting the commitment of seven-foot-two Liam McMorrow whose current team is still contending in its current league. “Nag-decline na yung priority ko. Out of the two names na binigay sa akin (ng management), si James Hughes mas gusto ko,” Cuan said.

The six-foot-11 American was a one-time Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year while playing center for Northern Illinois University.

The Philippine head coach went on to say they are hoping that negotiations with Hughes will conclude before the year ends. “We sent the offer na ang waiting na lang ng sagot. I think, time difference lang naman (and problema) because madaling araw ngayon dun,” he said.

He then continued, “Hopefully, mamaya may sagot na. Hopefully, nandito na rin ng January 3.”

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