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SBP starts process of naturalizing SMB import

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THE process of naturalizing 6’8” big Bennie Boatwright III has begun.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas confirmed on Monday that it has started talks with  Boatwright, who last saw action for the San Miguel Beermen when they won the 48th Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.

Now playing for the Shanxi Loongs in the Northern Division of the Chinese Basketball Association, Boatwright is being considered for  a possible stint with the Gilas Pilipinas Men’s Team as naturalized player and in future FIBA competitions.

During the Commissioner’s Cup Boatwright was said to have shown  that he is  “a good fit for Philippine basketball.”

This is because of  his overall leadership and talent during the conference.

The former University of Southern California Trojan cager has expressed his desire and willingness to return to the PBA as soon as possible, according to SBP officials.

Since his stint with the Beermen, Boatwright has developed a strong connection with the Philippines.

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tim Cone feels that Boatwright will be an asset to the program.

“He’s very versatile. He kind of reminds me of a young Justin (Brownlee), but like three or four inches taller,” said Cone after Ginebra’s 87-77 win over Magnolia in the ongoing PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.


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