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    Rain or Shine coach feels import McLean fits the bill for 'Extra Rice' frontline

    Feb 12, 2014
    Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao feels Alex McLean is the type of import the team needs for the Commissioner's Cup. Photo from www.liberty.edu

    RAIN or Shine still has one more major job to take care of yet the team already started working out with import Alex McLean for its coming PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign.

    McLean, who played two years for the Liberty University Flames during the 2007 and 2008 college seasons, arrived on Saturday, according to coach Yeng Guiao.

    “Alex arrived last Saturday and he has been practicing with the team for the last two days,” Guiao told Spin.ph on Wednesday just as the Elasto Painters wrapped up their practice session while waiting who between San Mig and Ginebra will be their opponent in the PLDT myDSL-Philippine Cup Finals.

    The fiery Elasto Painters mentor said McLean was highly recommended by Arizona Reid, the team’s import in two of the last three editions of the Governors Cup.

    “May mga video clips din kami na napanood after siyang i-recommend sa amin ni AZ (Reid’s nickname) and mukhang okay naman siya, saka importante eh pumasok sa budget ng team,” Guiao said in jest.

    But on a serious note, Guiao noted the 28-year-old native of Bayshore, New York has a good perimeter jumper and is quick for his size - much like his 'Extra Rice' pair of Beau Belga and JR Quinahan.

    “Gusto kasi namin sa mga bigs eh yung may tira sa labas. And si Alex may tira naman sa labas, marunong pumoste saka masipag din sa takbuhan. Mobile siya,” he added.

    McLean, who is listed at 6-foot-8 in Liberty’s official web page, averaged 15.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.0 assist during his two-year, 63-game stint in college.

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    After college, McLean played overseas in Iraq, Lebanon, China, Qatar, and Egypt.

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    Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao feels Alex McLean is the type of import the team needs for the Commissioner's Cup. Photo from www.liberty.edu
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