Apr 24, 2019

Here comes the imports

Returnees Charles Rhodes, Alex Stepheson and Tony Mitchell lead the first batch of imports who will see action in the PBA Commissioner's Cup which starts on May 19.

Rhodes will suit up for the San Miguel Beermen, the same team he helped win the 2017 Commissioner's championship.

During that same conference, Rhodes was also named Best Import after averaging 28.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.

Stepheson will be playing for Blackwater while Mitchell is set to suit up for NLEX in the season's second conference.

Stepheson's last PBA stint was also in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup when he led Meralco to a quartefinal appearance after posting 15.6 points, 19.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.

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Mitchell likewise played in the same tournament for the Star Hotshots but was replaced by Ricardo Ratliffe late in the eliminations despite a 6-2 record.

Also set to play in Asia's first play for pay league is journeyman Kyle Barone, who was signed by the Columbian Dyip.

Before the PBA, Barone played in Poland, Hungary, Japan, Taiwan and recently for Vietnam's Saigon Heat in the ASEAN Basketball League. (JT)