JUSTIN Brownlee put his name on the record books after being named Best Import in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, Brownlee became the shortest import to bag the Best Import award in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, a conference where teams get taller reinforcements than in the Governors’ Cup.
The 6-4 5/8 Brownlee is in an elite company, beating two-time Commissioner’s Cup Best Import Kenny Redfield, who at 6-4 7/8 took the 1994 plum with Purefoods and the 1996 award with Shell.
Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone said Brownlee deserved the award after standing tall against bigger imports, and leading the Kings to the finals.
“He absolutely turned this around,” said Cone. “There’s no doubt about it. He was a small import playing with all the big boys, and absolutely more than held his own.”
Hours after being awarded with the Best Import plum, Brownlee scored 37 points on 15-of-18 shooting from the field as the Kings outplayed San Miguel, 130-100.
Cone said he was happy for Brownlee especially that he finally won the individual award after leading Ginebra to two straight Governors’ Cup championship.
Cone also said Brownlee deserves the recognition, being a true gentleman on and off the court.
“The last two championships that we won, he was the import. He didn’t win the Best Import award. So you now, we are really happy that he got it this time around,” said Cone.
“I can’t explain how good a person he is. He is such a gentle gentleman. I mean, he is a gentleman in the pure sense of being a gentleman. You never see it on the court. He is so ferocious on the court, but he’s just really a gentleman, gentle person,” Cone said.