AFTER two failed campaigns this season, Barako Bull has set its sight on three import prospects for the Governors Cup, namely former Meralco import Jarrid Famous, Euro League journeyman DeVon Hardin and 7-2 Liam McMorrow.
The Energy, one of four teams with the worst records in the first two conferences of the season, intend to take full advantage of the privilege of hiring an import with no height limit for the Governors Cup.
Barako Bull originally planned to bring back Nigerian slotman Solomon Alabi, but the gangling import had to leave Manila two weeks ago to attend to his wife in Miami, who is due to give birth this month.
Coach Koy Banal said all three prospects can provide the size and intimidating presence the Energy need.
Among the three prospects, the 6-foot-11 Famous could have the inside track considering that he already played three games for the Meralco Bolts during the 2012 season.
Famous also played for San Miguel Beer in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
Famous, who also serves as Lebanon’s naturalized player, averaged 26.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks for the Bolts before giving way to Earl Barron, the team’s original choice that time.
“Excited ako kay Famous kasi maganda din ang pinakita niya sa (NBA) D-League. He has the size and can rebound talaga,” said Banal.
The 26-year-old Famous, who went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft, averaged 18.1 points and 14.4 rebounds in 17 games for the Texas Legends in the 2015 D-League season.
On the other hand, Hardin, the Seattle Supersonics’ 50th pick overall during the 2008 NBA Draft, is fresh from a stint with the Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo in Brazil where he averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 boards in 19 minutes of action.
Listed at 6-foot-11, the former standout from the University of California in Berkeley, spent much of his time playing overseas, seeing action in Greece, China, Israel, Turkey, Belarus, Argentina, Venezuela and Qatar.
Banal feels Hardin can also bring solid rebounding and inside scoring for the Energy, whose frontline got shorter after trading away youthful slotman Dave Marcelo recently in a four-team trade.
Meantime, McMorrow, listed at 7-2, saw action for Tennesse Tech in college before joining the New York Knicks in the NBA Summer League last season.