MANILA, Philippines – Import Leon Rodgers promises to be a good fit for the Barangay Ginebra Kings, who was described by a sports agent as as a prolific scorer while not being a ball-hog.
Rodgers, currently plying his trade in the Chinese Basketball League, is averaging nearly 29 points per game for the Jilin Northeast Tigers.
“I’ve scouted him for the past five years and met him in China,” Filipino sports agent Sheryl Reyes told Joaquin Henson of the Philippine Star. “He’s a very hard-working guy.”
“His unselfish attitude makes his teammates look good. Although his stats show he scores a lot, he’s never a ball-hogger,” she assured. “Scoring is a role that’s usually given to him, because he’s just a prolific scorer.”
Rodgers is expected to fit right into a Ginebra team that already features Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio. He will likely start at the small forward spot next to Slaughter and Aguilar in the front court.
Rodgers will return for a week to the United States before going to Manila.
Meanwhile, Meralco and San Miguel Beer (formerly Petron Blaze) are still in the process of bringing in imports.
Henson reported that the Bolts are considering D.J. White or Darnell Jackson, while San Miguel has no import signed up yet.
“We have it narrowed down but nobody under contract yet,” San Miguel consultant Todd Purves told Henson. “The timing is tricky as some players will be waiting for the NBA trade deadline to make some decisions.”
The 2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup will start on March 7.