To help their preparations for the 2019 Governors' Cup, San Miguel will join the Asia League Terrific 12 tournament, along with Blackwater and TNT, scheduled September 17 to 22 in Macau, China.
San Miguel coach Leo Austria said they are tapping former Columbian import Lester Prosper to pair with SMB's incoming Governors' Cup reinforcement Dez Wells.
With the FIBA World Cup officially ending on September 15, Austria said they decided to get Prosper to help man the paint, alongside Christian Standhardinger. Prosper played four games for Columbian in the Commissioner's Cup, averaging 36.5 points, 17.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
"Since each team is allowed two imports, we're bringing in Lester Prosper. For the duration of our practice, we won't have June Mar (Fajardo) since the World Cup will only end on September 15 and then we will leave on September 16 with our first game the following day. So we need somebody to fill in the slot of June Mar," Austria told ESPN5 on Monday.
For now, though, the Beermen will take a few days off to rest their bodies.
"Our players need this rest because we all know that after we won the All-Filipino, we didn't have much time to celebrate and rest, and then we had to compete quick for the Commissioner's Cup," shared Austria. "That contributed to our very slow start, though it's a good thing we overcame the twice-to-beat disadvantage and we were able to reach our peak by the time we reach the Finals."
Wells' most recent pro basketball stint was with the VL Pesaro in the Serie A in Italy where averaged 8.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
San Miguel will make its debut in the Macau pocket tournament against the Shenzhen Aviators on September 17, before winding up their short preliminary schedule against the defending Terrific 12 champions Ryukyu Golden Kings on September 19.
"We will take advantage of the Macau pocket tournament because instead of playing tuneup games against PBA teams, we have at least two games against top teams from Asia," said Austria.
Meanwhile, the TNT KaTropa are fielding incoming Governors' Cup import KJ McDaniels and McKenzie Moore in the Terrific 12.
TNT team manager Gabby Cui said McDaniels will arrive in Manila on August 24, a week before the team resumes practice on September 1.
"We'll have two do-it-all imports. Imports who can help with ball carrying also," Cui told ESPN5.
Similar to Terrence Jones, McDaniels also played for the Houston Rockets, while Moore played college basketball for the City College of San Francisco in 2011-2012 before playing for the UTEP Miners from 2012-2014.
TNT active consultant Mark Dickel coached Moore when the former handled the Cantrbury Rams in the 2016 NBL season in New Zealand where he was named the MVP after averaging 22.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 3.4 steals per game in 13 games.
Moore's most recent stint was with Turkish club Banvit in the 2019 Basketball Champions League where he averaged 13 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists.