ERIC Wise is set to become a rare second-generation import to play in the PBA when he arrives to play for Barako Bull Energy in the season-ending Governors Cup.
Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao confirmed to Spin.ph that Wise, son of former U-Tex Wranglers forward Francois Wise, is set to arrive on Wednesday afternoon and will join the team in practice the following day.
Casyao immediately made it clear that the Energy took in Wise not because of his pedigree or the history he is bound to make but because of the skills that he can bring to the team.
“We took in Wise because we need a big man that can play 4 and 5 as (center) Dorian (Pena) is injured,” said Casyao. “Hopefully, he can fill up our rebounding woes.”
Wise played for the University of Southern California Trojans after an impressive stint with the University of California-Irvine Anteaters where he ranked 11th in the school's all-time scoring list with 1,280 points and 15th overall in rebounding with 533.
Listed at 6-6 in the US NCAA, Wise is known to be a banger and a workhorse with an uncanny ability to get to the freethrow line - not surprisingly the same qualities that made his father one of the best remembered imports to suit up in the local pro league.
Wise had a brief stint with the Iowa Energy in the NBA D-League before he was acquired by the AS Soleuvre team in Luxembourg, where he averaged 28.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
PBA legend Bogs Adornado believes Wise is bound to stand out in the league if he has the skills set of his dad.
“Kung maging katulad siya ng tatay niya, he can go places. Magaling 'yun. One of the best 'yun eh. Si Francois Wise, mas matagal pa kay Billy Ray Bates 'yun na naglaro dito,” said Adornado.
“Saka si Francois ang power forward na may power talaga,” the former PBA MVP added. “Kung kasing laro niya yung anak niya, magaling 'yun.”
Wise is the seventh import confirmed to play in the coming Governors’ Cup, which is set to open on the third week of the month.
Already listed to play are Bill Walker (Alaska), Othyus Jeffers (Talk n’ Text), Marqus Blakely (San Mig Coffee), Elijah Millsap (San Miguel), Zaccheus Mason (Ginebra) and Arizona Reid (Rain or Shine).
Jeffers, Reid, Blakely and Reid are already in the country.