BLACKWATER coach Leo Isaac stressed MJ Rhett remains under the microscope until he becomes consistent for the Elite in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
After having an underwhelming performance in his debut that saw him put up just 16 points and seven boards in 45 minutes, Rhett bounced back with 19 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks that factored in the Elite’s 110-102 win over Mahindra on Valentine’s Day at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Our import is slowly getting there,” Isaac said. “But he knows his spot is not secure until he proves he can play as an import who can dominate and help our franchise.”
The 23-year-old Rhett is a recent Tennessee State graduate, who’s just coming off a season of playing in Latvia, Russia.
“He’s very raw with regards to international basketball, but we find potential in him,” Isaac said. “We believe he can be a good import if he can adjust quickly not just to Blackwater’s brand of play, but the brand of play here in the PBA.”
Isaac, however, said there are backups waiting in the wings if ever Rhett fails to live up to expectations.
“Just in case, meron (replacement), pero sana hindi tayo umabot dun,” Isaac said. We would want this import to blossom.
Isaac believes Rhett has something to prove, having been undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft.
“He felt he was overlooked in the last NBA Draft,” Isaac said. “So we told him, ‘if you help us in our goals, maybe we can help you in your dreams.’”