SAN Mig Super Coffee is set to bring in NBA D-League veteran James Mays to reinforce the Mixers for this season’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup with resident import Denzel Bowles a shade past the height limit.
Mixers coach Tim Cone confirmed the selection of Mays, a wide-bodied 6-9 power forward who played for the Springfield Armor in the NBA D-League during the 2012-13 season and was named to the Prospects All-Star roster during the developmental league's All-Star game last year.
Mays, 27, is set to arrive on Friday.
Cone said he feels Mays is a good fit for the triangle offense, the system he has used since he began his PBA coaching in 1989, because of his good passing skills and strong post play.
“He’s (Mays) a good post-up player, good passer off the post and really a strong guy,” Cone said shortly after steering San Mig to a 90-83 win over Talk ‘N Text in the opener of their best-of-three quarterfinal series in the Philippine Cup.
Still, the 57-year-old American mentor said they would have preferred to bring back one-time Best Import awardee Bowles for a third tour of duty. But with San Mig finishing inside the top eight in the Philippine Cup, the team is not allowed to tap an import standing beyond 6-9.
Bowles, who played for the Mixers the last two seasons, is listed as 6-10.
“There’s no doubt about it. We would have preferred to bring back Denzel, but without him being able to make the height for us, we’ve got to look for somebody else,” said Cone.
Mays, who hails from raleigh, North Carolina, actually represented his home country Central Africa Republic during the 2011 Fiba Africa Championship.
Mays also played for Clemson in college from 2004-2008 before playing in China, Puerto Rico and Turkey the next five years.
“We were fortunate he (Mays) didn’t play at the D-League this year so we didn’t have to buy out,” Cone said.