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BARAKO BULL ENLISTS CHISM, PETRON AWAITS WHITE

04:35 PM February 17, 2014

Former University of Tennessee do-it-all star Devon Dwayne Chism is set to arrive in the country Monday night, suiting up as import of the Barako Bull Energy Cola in the coming PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

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Meanwhile, Petron Blaze is awaiting the status of DJ White with the Chicago Bulls at the end of the NBA All-Star Week.

White, a five-year NBA veteran with stints with the Oklahoma Thunder, the Charlotte Bobcats and the Boston Celtics, is hooking up with the Boosters if not activated by the Bulls.

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“Meron naman back-up import kung di pumwede si White,” said SMC official Robert Non.

Committed to play with their respective PBA teams are Leon Rodgers (Barangay Ginebra), Herve Lamizana (Air21), Rob Dozier (Alaska Milk), Evan Brock (Globalport), Alexander McLean (Rain or Shine), James Mays (San Mig Coffee), Richard Howell (Talk n Text) and Chism.

Chism is coming fresh from a tour of duty with the Albacomp Fehervar team in the Hungarian league.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged team highs of 12.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks blocks as he led UT to a first NCAA Elite Eight appearance in school history in 2010. They were barely beaten by the Michigan State U Spartans, 69-70.

Chism was not selected in the 2010 NBA Draft but received summer league invitations from the New Jersey Nets and the Sacramento kings.

Unable to hook up with the Nets and the Kings in the season proper, Chism brought his act to Turkey before signing up with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA D-League.

Chism was the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2007 and made the SEC First Team in 2010.

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With a far more impressive credentials is White, the 29th overall pick by the Detroit Pistons in the 2008 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-9 forward was the Big 10 Player of the Year and Second Team All-American in his final collegiate year with the Indiana Hoosiers in 2008.

He played with the Shanghai Sharks and the Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese league before joining the Chicago Bulls training camp. (SB)

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