TWO giants in the country's college basketball scene are set to form the most initimidating frontline combine in the young history of the PBA D-League.
Unfortunately, the partnership will have to it.
Owing to the development league's stringent screening of Fil-foreign players, Ateneo slotman Greg Slaughter had to fly to the United States to complete his documents and gain the required endorsement from the Bureau of Immigration.
Until the UAAP star gets the all-clear, the NLEX Road Warriors will have to wait before Slaughter combines with reigning NCAA MVP Ian Sangalang in a formidable 'Twin Towers' tandem for the three-time champions.
NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez said the team had its sights set on seven-footer Slaughter from the time it started the process of retooling the lineup following the loss of players like Calvin Abueva and Cliff Hodge to the pro ranks.
“When we discussed our personnel, we really want Greg to alternate with Ian at the post," said Fernandez. "Silang dalawa lang ‘yan sa post.”
Although his plan is to alternate the 6-7 Sangalang and Slaughter at the center position, Fernandez didn't discount the possibility of playing them together during games.
“Worse comes to worst,” said Fernandez when asked about that possibility. “(Depende) kung ano ang game plan (ng mga kalaban)."
It would be quite a sight when that happens.
Sangalang lorded it over the shaded lane in the last NCAA wars and his 19.9 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 1.1 steals per game averages for San Sebastian were enough to land the left-handed center from Pampanga the MVP plum.
On the other hand, Slaughter averaged 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks a game in two seasons with the Blue Eagles after playing in Cebu during his early college days.
Fernandez, however, is puzzled why Slaughter still needs additional documents before getting the green light from the D-League, considering the Fil-American has already played for the national team in the last Southeast Asian Games.
“I was really surprised na hindi siya nakalaro agad because he has been playing for the national team. Probably, Greg didn’t expect na ganoon ang mangyayari … that is why he went to the US to process everything," he said.
“Hopefully, he can get his endorsement as soon as possible."