ANTIPOLO CITY – Win or lose, vastly-improved guard Paul Zamar is PBA-bound.
The University of the East product has caught the attention of Blackwater after his heads-up play in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) that he already reached an agreement to suit up for the PBA franchise once he’s done playing for the Mono Vampire Basketball Club.
Mono and Alab Pilipinas are set to engage in a winner-take-all Game 5 for the championship in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Wednesday night.
Blackwater management said the 5-foot-11 son of current San Miguel deputy coach Boycie Zamar will join the team on Friday in a bid to shore the team’s campaign in the Commissioner's Cup which continues to skid following a 117-106 loss to Globalport on Wednesday.
“Paul Zamar will be with us. He would be playing his final game in the ABL,” said Blackwater board representative Siliman Sy.
“Rest day on Thursday, and Friday he will be joining the team.”
Zamar has been vocal in the past about his dream of playing in the PBA. He was initially picked 35th overall (fourth round) by Barangay Ginebra in the draft six years ago, but was left unsigned by the Kings.
Blackwater had already expressed interest in the 31-year-old Zamar as early as last year, but nothing concrete came out of it. His breakout showing with Mono this season, however, opened the door anew for the Elite to seek him out.
Zamar averaged 16.1 points – including 38 percent shooting from three-point range – 3.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in his stint with Mono Vampire.