28 September 2014

Rookie Watch: Philip Morrison

Philip Morrison
What do we know so far about the current Meralco Bolts Point guard rotation? The team still has the ever dependable Mike Cortez, Anjo Caram and recently-acquired Simon Atkins.

Comparing the three with the other guards in the league, the Bolts obviously need an upgrade. They can’t rely on Jared Dillinger to continue to slide to that position. Dillinger do not have that pass-first mentality and cannot dribble effectively while being asked to hustle and penetrate at the same time.

The Bolts need a new blood and they got it when they signed rookie Philip Morrison.

Selected in the second round of the recent Rookie Draft by the Barako Bull Energy, Morrison was full of excitement until he discovered that he was not able to crack the elite back court rotation composed of Dennis Miranda, RR Garcia, Willie Miller, and Jeric Fortuna.

Morrison tried it out with Kia Sorrentos, but also had no luck getting noticed by the expansion team. Now, he hopes that he made the right choice hooking up with the Meralco Bolts.

The six-footer's name may not ring a bell for local basketball fans, but the Fil-Am guard out of Asbury University has made a name for himself in the 2013 season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL), where he posted season averages of 14.9 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.9 rebounds while playing for the Saigon Heat and the Singapore Slingers.

Born in San Diego, California, Morrison said his Filipina mother, the former Casildalita Laude Sicat, hails from Pampanga. She passed away in 2007.

Morrison though is expected to encounter stiff competition in the Meralco Bolts’ line-up guards are in abundance. He nonetheless vowed to make an impression in the tryouts.

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