FRESH from a superb stint in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), Leon Rodgers is set to bring his high-scoring act to Barangay Ginebra as the Kings eye redemption in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup following their disappointing playoffs exit in the Philippine Cup.
Rodgers, listed at 6-foot-7, once scored 66 points after burying a CBA record of 15 three-point conversions in a game to power the Jilin Northeast Tigers to a 124-110 victory over the Shanxi Zhongyu on March 11, 2009.
The former North Illinois alumnus finished the game with a 24-of-43 field goal shooting. He also went 15-of-26 from beyond the arc in the same match.
Player agent Sheryl Reyes said Rodgers is currently ranked sixth in the CBA in scoring with an average of 29.1 points per game on an impressive 54.2 field goal percent shooting clip and a 40.1 percent shooting from three-point territory.
Rodgers, incidentally a teammate of former PBA Best Import and ex-San Mig reinforcement Denzel Bowles, has scored 40 or more points in five different occasions during his 20-game stint with the Tigers.
"I've been scouting him (Rodgers) and I know he will blend well with Ginebra. Even before he agreed to play for the team, I already saw in him that same never-say-die attitude,” Reyes said.
"Leon is excited to come out here and play for the PBA fans."
At the moment, Rodgers is finishing his duties in China till Sunday but is expected to arrive in Manila several days from now to join the Kings, who failed to advance to the All-Filipino Finals after losing to San Mig Coffee in the decisive Game Seven of their semifinals series.
“I have heard nothing but great things about the PBA. I am excited to to meet the staff, players and last but not the least, the outstanding fans of Ginebra,” said Rodgers, through Reyes.
The 33-year-old Rodgers was undrafted in the NBA (2002), but managed to pack his bags and bring his talent overseas, playing in France, Netherlands, Germany, Puerto Rico, China, Venezuela, and Colombia.
He made a name in Netherlands after winning the MVP in the Dutch League for three consecutive seasons (2005-2007).