PBA: TNT's McDaniels leads new imports for Governors' Cup
Paul Lintag on Sep 13, 2019 01:30 PM
After parading Terrence Jones in the Commissioner's Cup, the KaTropa will have KJ McDaniels to play scorer in the Governors' Cup. (AP)
Balik imports are nice, but getting fresh faces to play reinforcement is well... also nice.
A third of the PBA has decided to get first-time imports for the upcoming 2019 Governors' Cup. The other eight teams went for players that already suited up in the PBA before.
Here's to hoping all four teams found gems.
TNT leads the list with another hig-profile name.
After parading Terrence Jones in the Commissioner's Cup, the KaTropa will have KJ McDaniels to play scorer in the Governors' Cup.
McDaniels is a former teammate of Jones with the Houston Rockets.
He won MVP of the championship game in the 2018 NBA Summer League with Portland before he was added to Oklahoma City Blue's roster for the G-League.
In OKC Blue, McDaniels played one season with Dez Wells.
(OKC Blue on Twitter, @okcblue)
Yes, the same Dez Wells that will suit up for San Miguel as the Beermen go for another shot at a Grand Slam.
Wells may not have a name as familiar as McDaniels but he's legit, with multiple stints for OKC Blue and international stops in Greece and Italy.
Speaking of players with multiple international stops, the Alaska Aces are going with Justin Watts from the Governors' Cup.
(Basketball Champions League)
Alaska originally had planned to play with Branden Dawson but he ended up being over the height limit for the conference.
Watts is coming off from Poland and has played in Qatar, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Japan, and Mexico. He also won the 2009 national championship with the University of North Carolina.
Completing the list of imports for the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup is Khapri Alston.
The power player out of Midwestern State University will reinforce a Columbian team looking to break out this conference.
Alston has pro experience in Uruguay before coming to play for the Dyip in the PBA.
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