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No over-the-Hill import for Star

Talk about first impressions.

New Star import Malcolm Hill has already attended a pair of training sessions with the Hotshots and first-year mentor Chito Victolero likes what he’s seen so far.

Star replaces import Cinmeon Bowers(right)
with Malcolm Hill. Interaksyon photo
“He’s a team player. Tsaka ‘yung basketball IQ niya, mataas. ‘Yun ang una kong nagustuhan sa kanya,” Victolero said of the former University of Illinois standout who Star brought in to replace first-choice reinforcement Cinmeon Bowers in the PBA Governors Cup.

Victolero added the 6-foot-4 Hill, the youngest reinforcement in the 12-team field at 21 years old, could give the Hotshots another dimension since “he’s more of a wing player who can also play multiple positions.

“Gusto namin na he can play big, he can play small and he can even play the point para magkaroon kami ng maraming options. At the same time, batang-bata pa rin siya kaya I’m expecting him to play more aggressive. Mataas pa ‘yung potential niya na gumaling.”

Star made an auspicious debut behind a solid 103-86 victory over Blackwater last Sunday, but it hardly deterred the team management from giving Bowers the pink slip despite his 15-point, eight-rebound, five-assist performance.

“We expected him na malaki siya,” said Victolero of the former Auburn stalwart, who has shed at least 40 pounds from his original weight of 280 when he came over in the country.

Source: http://sports.mb.com.ph/2017/07/26/pba-no-over-the-hill-import-for-star/

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