IT seems everything else is going Meralco’s way nowadays.
Apart from the team’s unbeaten start in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the Bolts have likewise beaten everybody to the draw by tapping newly crowned NBA D-League All-Star MVP Andre Emmett as their import for the season-ending Governors Cup.
The 32-year-old Emmett, who plays for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, dropped 28 points in leading the Eastern Conference Futures to a 129-94 victory over the Western Conference Prospects on Sunday at the Barclays Center.
“We just signed him (Emmett) up this morning (Monday, Manila time) as our import for the third conference,” Meralco team manager Paolo Trillo told Spin.ph.
“The timing is good because he was just named the NBA D-League All-Star MVP.”
Emmett’s counterpart Quincy Miller of the Reno Big Horns, also scored 28 points for the Prospects as the two tied the fourth-highest point total in D-League All-Star Game history.
Picked 35th overall by the Seattle Supersonics in the 2004 NBA Draft, Emmett shot 10-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-6 three-pointers. He also had four rebounds and four steals.
“He’s a very versatile player who can play guard with the body of a forward,” said Trillo.
“But he can play the 2, 3 or 4 positions, so definitely he’s skilled.”
The youthful-looking Meralco team executive said once Emmett finishes his obligations with the Mad Ants, he’ll be joining the Bolts sometime in April.
“We’re definitely excited to have him. He’s one of the top five scorers of the D-League at the time (Meralco) coach Norman and I spotted him in the D-League Showcase (last month),” Trillo added.
The Governors Cup, which kicks off in May, allows teams to hire imports with a 6-foot-5 height limit for the top eight teams of the Commissioner's Cup.
The last four teams which finished at the bottom will be allowed to hire imports with no height limit.
The Bolts are currently on top of the standings in the mid-season tournament with a 5-0 record after escaping past Globalport on Sunday, 86-84, behind import Josh Davis' game-winning floater at the buzzer.