Looking for a huge rebound after a dismal campaign, Magnolia tapped LeBron James’ boyhood pal in Romeo Travis as its reinforcement in the upcoming Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
The Akron-native Travis is expected to bring Magnolia back in contention after averaging all-around numbers of 21.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 2015 en route to winning the Best Import honor.
The Hotshots, who finished seventh in the mid-season conference, were eliminated early in the quarterfinals with a loss to second seed Alaska that halted their four straight Final Four appearances.
Head coach Chito Victolero confirmed Travis’ hiring, saying that he hopes that he can bring the same firepower that he displayed from, three years ago.
“Yes, he will be our import for the Governors’ Cup,” said Victolero, who had some issues with their imports this conference after hiring Vernon Macklin, Curtis Kelly, Justin Jackson and Wayne Chism.
The 33-year old journeyman, who attended the same high school as the Los Angeles Lakers star, is coming off a solid stint in France before his PBA call-up.
He will be arriving in the country in June 29, just three days from Magnolia’s training camp resumption on July 26.
His arrival will definitely bolster Magnolia’s frontline, especially with veteran big man Marc Pingris already out of the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. JBU