IN a last-ditch bid to salvage its PBA Governors Cup campaign, KIA Picanto is bringing in a new import in former University of Memphis stalwart Geron Marquis Johnson.
The 25-year-old native of Dayton, Ohio will replace Markeith Cummings, who failed to steer the Picanto to a single victory in seven games with the franchise.
Johnson is expected to suit up for KIA on Friday when it takes on Blackwater at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
KIA coach Chris Gavina said Johnson is more of a team leader which what the Picanto are actually lacking.
"Geron Johnson is a solid player who understands how to run a team and we're all hoping he can step into the leadership role that we have desperately been looking for," he said in a text message to SPIN.ph
He likewise wished Cummings good luck in his new endeavor.
"Cummings was a great character import and we're happy for his new opportunity in Korea."
The Picanto are one of two teams yet to score a breakthrough win in the season-ending meet along with Alaska. Although their 0-7 record is the worst this conference, the team still has a mathematical chance of making the playoffs should it sweep its remaining four games.
After Blackwater, KIA will meet Alaska on Sept. 10, powerhouse San Miguel on the 16th, and Star on the 22nd.
Prior to his stint with University of Memphis, Johnson suited up for Chipola College and Garden City Community College.
But it was with Memphis where he really made his mark, eventually graduating from the school with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Johnson wasn’t drafted in the NBA (2014) and instead played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA D-League.