BEATEN to the draw by Ginebra for the services of Michael Dunigan, Meralco went for a rebounding demon for its import in the upcoming PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Bolts are bringing in NBA D-League standout Joshua Davis, dubbed by American sportswriters as the 2.0 version of San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard, after they failed to get the services of Dunigan, who was earlier signed by the Kings.
Meralco coach Norman Black and team manager Paolo Trillo flew to the United States to personally watch the 6-foot-8 Davis in action.
“He’s a very good rebounder, very athletic, and a versatile player, who can play multiple positions,” Trillo told Spin.ph on Thursday.
Trillo and Black actually spent the past five days watching the 2015 NBA D-League Showcase in Santa Cruz, California.
The soft-spoken Meralco team manager believed Davis is the type of player the Bolts need, given his size, blue-collar attitude, and youth.
Davis, 23, played alongside Leonard at the San Diego State University, but went undrafted in last year’s NBA Draft.
The high-leaping Davis though posted double-double averages of 13.8 points and 10.6 rebounds in 22 games for the Austin Spurs in the NBA D-League this season.
Davis is expected to arrive on Friday and will join the Bolts’ practice the same day.
Meralco is coming off a quarterfinal finish in the recent Philippine Cup won by San Miguel Beer on Wednesday night.
The Bolts upended Purefood’ reign in the all-Filipino conference after beating the Hotshots in the first phase of the quarterfinals.
Meralco, however, bowed to Alaska in the next round of the playoffs.