MANILA, Philippines – Perennial crowd favorites Barangay Ginebra San Miguel may be the first team this conference to change imports after Herbert Hill had an underwhelming debut in the Commissioner’s Cup.
In a report on the PBA website, Snow Badua said Ginebra is looking at five different players to replace Hill, who scored 17 points in the Kings’ 70-74 loss to Air21 last February 10.
In his column for The Philippine Star Tuesday, Joaquin Henson speculated that Hill may be the import “with the least chance of surviving” in the ongoing conference.
Hill had 18 rebounds to go along with his 17 points, but he made only seven of his 24 shot attempts and missed his first 10 field goals. He was also outplayed by Air21’s Michael Dunigan, who had 26 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks.
According to Badua, among Ginebra’s prospects are Nigerian center Jerome Jordan, former San Antonio Spurs player Ike Diogu, and Shavlik Randolph, one of the top players in the Chinese Basketball League.
Also being considered is former Talk 'N Text import Donelle Harvey, although negotiations with him may prove to be tricky as the Tropang Texters still hold his playing rights.
Also in Ginebra’s radar is a former player of the German national team.
Badua reported that if all things fall into place, the Kings may have a new import by the time they play GlobalPort Batang Pier on Friday.