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Blackwater signs up Jameel McKay to replace Alex Stepheson

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Jameel McKay to join Blackwater (0:18)

Blackwater Elite will add import Jameel McKay, replacing Alex Stepheson. (0:18)

Blackwater is tapping former Phoenix Fuel Masters reinforcement Jameel McKay as its new import for the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup, replacing Alex Stepheson.

"Done in principle so he'll (McKay) be arriving in Manila on Friday morning," Sy told ESPN5 on Thursday.

The 26-year-old McKay is taking the spot of the 6-foot-10 Stepheson, who left for the United States late last week to seek medical attention from his personal doctor due to E. Coli infection on his stomach.

The 31-year-old Stepheson was a perfect fit for the Elite, helping the team to a 5-1 start in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup. The Elite though suffered a 127-106 defeat to the San Miguel Beermen last week after playing minus the ailing Stepheson.

"Jameel is a hardworking athlete known for his rebounding and shot blocking abilities. He likes to run the floor as well so for sure he's gonna be a big help for us on Saturday," said Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan, whose team plays the hot-shooting NorthPort over the weekend.

McKay needs no further introduction to PBA fans, having played for the Fuel Masters during the mid-season conference in 2017.

The athletic McKay, a noted defensive player, averaged over 23 points, 17 rebounds and more than two blocks per contest with Phoenix.

The former Iowa State standout is expected to join the Elite in practice on Friday morning as he'll be coming Vietnam after a stint with the Hanoi Buffalo.