MANILA, Philippines â€“ Petron Blaze Boosters already have an import for the coming PBA Governorâ€™s Cup.
And it wonâ€™t be Othyus Jeffers as earlier reported by other sports news outlet.
San Miguel Corporation sports director Noli Eala broke the news on his Twitter account (@NolieEala) that the Blaze Boosters will have Elijah Millsap as their reinforcement in the coming conference.
â€œSigned, sealed, delivered. Big warm welcome to the SMC/Petron family to Elijah Millsap,â€ Eala said on Saturday morning.
Listed as 6-foot-6 guard in the NBA D-League, Elijah is the younger brother of the Utah Jazz starting power forward Paul Millsap in the NBA. The younger Millsap have averaged 17.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2 steals per game for the LA D-fenders last season.
Eala described the 24-year old wingman as an excellent player on both ends of the floor.
â€œElijah is versatile who can play multiple positions on the floor. Heâ€™s an excellent defender and comes from a terrific basketball pedigree,â€ Eala said.
Another Millsap is playing in the NBA D-League. Elijah and Paulâ€™s older brother John, 30, is a 6-foot-6 forward, who had seen action for the Utah Flash and as an import overseas.
In a Dime Magazine interview last year, D-Fenders coach Eric Musselman said that Elijah is a â€œtough playerâ€.
â€œHis toughness, heâ€™s got unbelievable toughness,â€ Musselman said. â€œHeâ€™s an NBA player. There is no doubt about it.â€
Elijah applied for the 2010 NBA Rookie Draft after his junior year in Alabama-Birmingham but, unfortunately, he failed to follow his older brother Paulâ€™s footsteps as no team picked him.
He was signed up by Oklahoma Thunderâ€™s D-League team Tulsa 66ers before he was traded to the D-Fenders.
After being named to the second All-Rookie team in the D-League, the LA Lakers invited Elijah to the training camp but failed to get a spot in the star-studded Hollywood team.
After his second year in the D-League, he played for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. Soon after, he went to China to play for Yao Mingâ€™s Shanghai Sharks before re-signing with the D-Fenders last season.
Petron camp is confident that Millsap will easily make the 6-5 limit for imports in the season-ending conference.
Eala also disclosed that Millsap and San Mig Coffeeâ€™s returning import Marqus Blakely will arrive after attending the NBA summer league which ends on July 22. He also added that Brgy. Ginebra Kingsâ€™ import Dior Lowhorn is set to arrive earlier on July 13.