IMMEDIATELY addressing the strong inside presence lacking in the team, Barako Bull recently tapped the services of certified NBA veteran Othyus Jeffers as the Energy Cola prepare for the coming Dubai International Basketball Championships.
Toroman said the tournament is part of the team’s early training for the season-ending PBA Governors Cup, of which the Energy Cola hope to have Jeffers as their import.
“We’re looking at Othyus just for Dubai, but we’ll see. I saw some clips but you’ll never know till you see him here,” Toroman told Spin.ph Monday.
Barako Bull failed to advance past the eliminations of the Commissioner’s Cup with Evan Brock and DJ Mbenga as imports.
The 200-pound Jeffers is listed at 6-foot-5 in the NBA’s official web page.
He played for three NBA teams starting with the Utah Jazz, where he averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.1 minutes in 10 games during the 2010 season.
The 27-year-old Jeffers, later on suited up for a single game for the San Antonio Spurs in 2011, before winding up the regular season seeing action for the Washington Wizards, averaging 5.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 16 contests.
His NBA career averages in 31 games were 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds.
Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao said Jeffers is a strong candidate as the team’s possible import in the Governors Cup, stressing they are determined to make a strong run in the final conference of the season after finishing ninth in both the Philippine Commissioner’s Cups.