17 January 2015

Dunigan's Interrupted Swimming Career

One of the imports strongly being considered to fill that big hole in the middle of Meralco Bolts squad is Michael Dunigan. The 25-year old , 250 lb returning import had an amazing performance when he was still playing for the now-defunct Air1 Express during the 2013 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

But before he even considered playing the game, Dunigan was a swimming prodigy. He was so good at it that his family believed he could be an essential part of the U.S. Olympic team.

In an interview by Spin.ph way back in 2013, Dunigan’s mother Pearlie revealed that his son was a fine swimmer who learned the rudiments of the sport at the tender age of two.

"Not many knows it, but Michael is a good swimmer," said the elder Dunigan, who recently arrived in the country to personally oversee her son's performance in Asia’s first ever pro league. And while she may be biased, Ms. Dunigan believes Michael could have made the US swimming team if he pursued a career on the pool.

"You asked me if he can be a national tanker, I think, yes," said the Ms. Dunigan, herself a one-time member of the Cornell University women’s basketball team. But she dispelled notions that Michael’s height had something to do with his switch from swimming to basketball.

"No, Michael Phelps is 6-4," added Dunigan, referring to the American pool sensation. Rather, it was Pearlie who encouraged him to lace up his basketball sneakers and hung up his trunks. "I just noticed he (Michael) was getting very tall. I thought that his height can give him a better college scholarship," she said.

As a former varsity player, Ms. Dunigan had no problems teaching his son the basics of basketball.

"Basketball is in his blood. I taught him everything he knows," the unreserved basketball stage mom said. But Michael didn’t really start playing serious basketball until he met and got inspired by former NBA star Sonny Parker.

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