INCOMING San Miguel Beer import Kevin Jones said he came away impressed after his first look at his new team and now hopes to add his own game into the mix.
The 6-8 Jones arrived early Saturday morning and was able to catch on television the Beermen's second straight win in the PBA Commissioner's Cup - 112-96 victory over Ginebra that turned out to be the farewell game of former import Josh Boone.
More than anything else, the former West Virginia standout said it was the Beermen's defense and ability to play as a team that stick in his mind.
“I watched the game and I was very impressed the way they play defense and the way they play as a team,” Jones told Spin.ph shortly after his first official practice with the Beermen at the Reyes gym on Tuesday.
The former Cleveland Cavalier said he will try to bring his own game to the Beermen and not try to fill the gap left by Boone, who marked his final game as a Beerman with 32 points, 21 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
“I’m not gonna put pressure on myself to try and fill Josh Boone’s spot. I can only do what I can do,” he said. “He (Boone) did great for the team, but I’ll just come in and provide what I can.”
The 24-year-old American forward is coming off a solid stint with the Canton Charge in the NBA D-League this season, averaging 16.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in 29.7 minutes to earn a spot in the developmental league's All-Star Game last month.
Jones said this will the first time he’s playing overseas after close to two seasons playing for the Canton Charge as well as a 32-game stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2012-13 season where he averaged 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes.
“It’s just my fourth day in the Philippines. It’s tough especially in practice, like you trying to get a good sweat, trying to get over jet lag. But my teammates helped me a lot out here today,” he said.
Jones will make his PBA debut on Friday when San Miguel clashes with Talk ‘N Text in a battle for the solo lead in the short elimination round.