10 August 2015

Justin Chua Joining Bolts?

Justin Chua
If reports are true, then it appears that what this blog has been hoping for some time now just came true.

Multiple sources report that the former 10th overall pick of San Mig Coffee Mixers in the 2013 annual draft, Justin Chua, was just picked by the Meralco Bolts after he was released by the Barako Bull Energy Drink.

The 6-foot-6 Chua is used to surpassing people’s expectations. He’s one of the few Blue Eagles who won an unprecedented five straight UAAP championships in a row.

He was also part of the Blackwater Elite team that denied the NLEX Road Warriors their fifth straight Foundation Cup championship in the PBA D-League (Developmental League) back in 2013, sweeping them 2-0 in the finals and beating his old Blue Eagles teammates Greg Slaughter, Nico Salva, and Kirk Long.

Early this month, Meralco prodigal son Rabeh Al-Hussaini returned to the country after an extended stay in Kuwait. He worked out with coach Norman Black and is expected to be signed by the Bolts to help refurbish its small line-up.

With Hussaini, Chua and the resurgence of Kelly Nabong, the Bolts can now move veteran power-forward Reynel Hugnatan to his natural position and use Clifford Hodge as the wing option. With Jared Dillinger and Sean Anthony coming off the bench, the Bolts have now assured themselves of solid combination of experience and athleticism in the shaded area.

The only remaining thing left for the Bolts is to upgrade its back court, which they probably will get a chance once they use their two first round picks in the 2015 PBA Draft.

Several options are available right now when the Bolts picked 4th and 7th in the draft. Big names such are Chris Newsome. Garvo Lanete, Baser Amer, Maverick Ahanmisi, Earl Thompson, Roi Sumang and Glenn Khobuntin will surely be a big help to the aging presence of Gary David and Jimmy Alapag.

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