JUST two days after releasing Dwayne Chism due to contractual foul-up with his former team in Hungary, the Barako Bull Energy have found an equally explosive import in Joshua Dollard.
A veteran internationalist who has had stints in Turkey, Czech Republic and recently in Finland, Dollard is said to be 'a complete package' who makes up for his lack of height with his brute strength.
"Magaling gumalaw. May back to the basket. Deadly ang perimeter, may salaksak, malakas ang katawan sa ilalim. Tumi three points pa," said Barako Bull Energy assistant coach Jig Mendoza.
True to his promise, the 6-7 American wingman immediately impressed teammates with his near flawless free throw and outside shooting.
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"Medyo maliit siya, pero malakas ang katawan. Willing makipagbanggaan kasi mahaba ang kamay at biyas. Pero siyempre, gusto din namin makita na siya sa tune-up at actual game," bared Barako Bull veteran guard Willie Miller.
"Pero hanga ako sa kanya kasi kinakain lahat ng bantay niyang malalaki," added the two-time MVP.
If there is one department that needs improvement for his import, head coach Bong Ramos says it is the former Auburn University stalwart's defense.
"It's one thing we want to work on, pero I think we still have time. We'll give him special training on that (defense)," said Ramos.
With Dollard, the Energy hope to improve on their surprise sixth place finish in the Philippine Cup.
"No pressure on the boys. We'll just continue to prove our darkhorse stature. We're no whipping boys," said Ramos.