AFTER three failed attempts to sign an import, Alaska Milk is confident it has finally found an able reinforcement in former Memphis Tiger and Miami Heat draft pick Robert Dozier.
Alaska coach Luigi Trillo said he expects the 6-foot-9 Dozier, who played alongside Derrick Rose for the Tigers squad that finished second to the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2008 NCAA tournament, to accept the Aces’ counter offer within this week.
Dozier is working on some issues with his travel documents but, if all goes well, is expected to arrive this weekend at the latest.
Dozier was one of the last few players to be waived before the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season.
“He’s not a bad choice. We’re coming to terms,” Trillo told Spin.ph. “He’s played for the Miami Heat in the Summer League recently. And for him to be brought there (Heat) says a lot about what he can bring to the team.”
Trillo, who steered the Aces to a semifinal appearance in the Philippine Cup, added that the 27-year-old Dozier can provide some mismatches at the post because of his quickness and blue-collar attitude.
“He can bring mismatches. If you put a physical guy on him, he’s quick enough. He’s also quick to the ball. He’s gonna be an added help to Sonny Thoss,” explained the 37-year-old Alaska mentor.
Dozier started all 99 games for the Memphis Tigers in the 2008 NCAA season where he also played alongside NBA players Chris Douglas-Roberts and Joey Dorsey.
The Lithonia, Georgia native was selected by the Heat during the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft. He averaged 1.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.8 minutes in last year’s Summer League before being waived by Miami.
Dozier also had professional basketball stints in Greece and Spain.