The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters are taking a dramatic risk in their bid to return to the Commissioner’s Cup finals, tapping former Alabama star Tony Mitchell to replace Jerome Jordan.
Team manager Aboy Castro confirmed the development to InterAKTV.
The move comes while Talk ‘N Text is in the middle of a heated best-of-five semifinals showdown against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, with the series tied at 1-all
Curiously, Mitchell stands just 6-foot-5, rendering him at a serious size disadvantage for the tournament that imposes no height limit on imports. Jordan stands 7-feet tall, while Ginebra counterpart Vernon Macklin is 6-foot-10.
The Tropang Texters originally tapped Mitchell to reinforce the team for the Governors’ Cup, according to Castro.
“He’s our import choice for the third conference then he became available, so we decided to bring him in and take a look,” said Castro.
Mitchell, who spent the past season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, was named the NBA D-League Rookie of the Year this past season after averaging 21.9 points and 6.4 rebounds. He also won the league’s slam dunk title last February.
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