HAMADY N’Diaye, Zach Graham and McKenzie Moore joined Renaldo Balkman and Eugene Phelps on Monday during Mighty Sports’ first practice in preparation for the 2019 Jones Cup.
All five imports were present in Monday’s practice presided over by assistant coach Rajko Toroman, who in charge while coach Charles Tiu is in Greece with the Gilas Youth in the Under-19 Basketball World Cup, according to Mighty Sports team manager Fritz Dy.
N’Diaye is a member of the Senegal national basketball team and also played in the NBA with the Washington Wizards and the Sacramento Kings, and in the PBA with Kia.
The 32-year-old N’Diaye, listed at 7 feet also played for Mighty Sports in 2016 when the team won the Jones Cup along with the 6-foot-5 Graham, who once played for Air21 in the PBA.
The 27-year-old Moore, meanwhile, is a new face in the team. The former UTEP cager suiting up in leagues in Turkey, Greece, Australia, and New Zealand where he won MVP honors in 2016.
“Tomorrow, we will be complete. Si Gab (Banal), Roosevelt (Adams), and Aaron Black will have their first practice … Medyo light lang sa first practice. Coach Rajko wanted to meet the players. Nag-light practice muna siya,” said Dy.
Banal and Adams are still on their way back to Manila after playing for Isabela City Chooks in the Fiba 3x3 World Tour Hongxiang Holdings Haining Challenger.