7-foot-3 PJ Ramos excited to play for KIA
MANILA, Philippines – The KIA Sorento signed 7-foot-3 Puerto Rican player Peter John Ramos to serve as the team's import in the PBA 2015 Commissioner's Cup.
KIA, who finished their Philippine Cup campaign with a 1-10 record and was one of the four worst teams in the conference, has the privilege of signing an import with unlimited height in the upcoming Commissioner's Cup.
Ramos, 29, was the 32nd overall pick by the Washington Wizards in the 2004 NBA Draft. He playe a total of 6 games in the NBA and averaged 1.8 PPG and 0.7 RPG.
He also played 76 games in the NBA Developmental League, where he put up 14.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, and 1.6 BPG while shooting 57% from the field and 61% from the foul line.
Following his basketball career in the United States, Ramos played professional hoops in Puerto Rico and Europe, and then forayed into Asia with the Seoul Samsung Thunders in South Korea in 2011.
Ramos had a 6-year stint in Puerto Rico men's national basketball teams from 2004-2010.
The incoming import will be an instant help for KIA, who outside Riel Cervantes had no other reliable options in the paint in the Philippine Cup conference.
The Sorento was earlier reported to have its eye on Iran's 7-foot-2 center Hamed Haddadi as its import. Even if that pan out they still get a towering presence in the middle with PJ Ramos.
According to Ramos' representation, basketball agent Sheryl Reyes, he is scheduled to leave Puerto Rico on January 6 and arrive in Manila by January 8.
"He is very excited, knowing that Head Coach Manny [Pacquiao] has chosen him to play for KIA," Reyes told Rappler on Tuesday, December 23.
"He is eager to meet his teammates and can't wait to get to the Philippines."