More new faces will suit up for Magnolia in the next PBA season.
Aside from signing rookies Jerrick Ahanmisi and Loren Brill Monday, the Hotshots have also inked both RR De Leon and Alvin Capobres.
The two were signed to one-year deals, per head coach Chito Victolero.
“We signed RR De Leon and Alvin Capobres,” he told Tiebreaker Times.
De Leon, who turned 27 just last February, was Magnolia’s third-round selection (30th overall) in the deep 2021 Rookie Draft last March.
The 6-foot-6 forward from University of the East carries with him vast experience from playing in both the PBA D-League and in the MPBL. He is also signed by the Zamboanga Valientes.
Capobres, on the other hand, has actually been with the Hotshots since last year as he was the team’s 32nd overall pick in the 2019 Draft.
The San Sebastian College-Recoletos product, though, wasn’t with Magnolia in the Philippine Cup bubble in Clark, Pampanga last year.
“Si Capobres kasi dinraft namin yan last year, kaso hindi siya nakasama sa bubble kasi parang ano namin siya eh, reserve,” Victolero explained.
“Na-expire ‘yung contract niya so ni-renew lang namin. So, nasa official lineup na namin siya,” added the 2018 Coach of the Year.
With the signings, the Hotshots now have 15 players in the roster.