AFTER an absence of over a year, Rabeh Al-Hussaini is expected to attempt a PBA comeback with the coach that brought out the best in him during a checkered college career.
The former Rookie of the Year is back in the country after an extended stay in Kuwait and is set to work out this week with Meralco coach Norman Black, who hopes to bring back the enigmatic big man to the Bolts' fold next season.
"Rabeh is back from Kuwait so we are hoping we can join us this upcoming season," Black, who has one of the shortest frontlines in the league, told Spin.ph on Monday. "We can use the size."
It will be remembered that Al-Hussaini got permission from Meralco to return to his father's homeland and work on his citizenship papers in May last year, but ended up staying in Kuwait for a much longer period.
During that time, there were reports the former Ateneo Blue Eagles star played Division I ball in Kuwait and didn't return to the country until three weeks ago.
If there is a coach who can convince Al-Hussaini to make a PBA comeback, it should be Black.
The two won two UAAP championships together with the Blue Eagles, a reign that saw Al-Hussaini win season and Finals MVP honors before making the jump to the PBA as the No. 2 pick overall of the 2010-2011 season behind college teammate Noy Baclao.
Black and Al-Hussaini spent a brief time together at Talk 'N Text and is understandably excited about another reunion.
"I will work out with him this week," said Black. "I'm sure we will be able to get him in shape before the start of the PBA season in October."
Though Al-Hussaini's contract with Meralco has lapsed during his absence, the Bolts still hold the rights to the 6-7 big man.