Magnolia taps Curtis Kelly as new import

ByAllan Lim

Photo from Curtis Kelly's Instagram account

The Magnolia Hotshots have enlisted the services of Curtis Kelly as replacement for Vernon Macklin who has decided to take his act to China.

Macklin played 4 games for the Hotshots and averaged 21 points and 13.3 rebounds as he led the team to a 3-1 record.

The Hotshots opened the conference with a loss to Phoenix and then strung together wins over GlobalPort, Columbian and then Meralco. The 31-year old former Brgy. Ginebra reinforcement capped off his stint by sinking the game-winning free throws against the Bolts last Friday.

The 30-year old Kelly, listed at 6-foot-9, 253 pounds, played college ball in Connecticut and Kansas State. He went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Rookie Draft and immediately plied his wares abroad. He had stints in Israel, Turkey, Italy, Lebanon and France.

He recently played for Aix-Murienne Savoiue Basket and averaged 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 31 games.

Scouting reports describe him as a “very talented power forward with good shot blocking and rebounding skills” due to his great length and wingspan.

Kelly is scheduled to arrive on Friday, May 25 and play his first game against league-leader Rain or Shine on June 2.


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