Former Alaska teammates Romeo Travis and Chris Banchero were reunited at Magnolia after the Aces dealt the 30-year old Fil-Italian guard to the Hotshots for Rodney Brondial and Robbie Herndon.
The two played together during the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup wherein the Aces reached the Finals but were swept by the San Miguel Beermen, 4-0. Travis was adjudged as the Best Import of the conference.
With Banchero’s entry, Travis feels that the 5th overall pick during the 2014 rooke draft will make an immediate impact with the defending champions who are currently mired in the middle of the team standings with a 4-4 record.
“It’s sad to see guys leave, but I’m happy as well because I’ve known Chris for a long time and we’re former teammates. I’m happy for him and I’m happy he’s here,” said the 34-year old close friend of NBA superstar LeBron James.
“When you know the type of person you’re playing with, it makes it easier. You know he’s gonna go out there and play hard. He’s gonna play the right way, he’s gonna try to help the team win. And that’s what we’re looking for,” he added.
Despite the surplus of guards, Travis believes Banchero’s skill set will make the Hotshots a deeper team on both ends of the court.
“We got about six guys for three positions. We have four really good bigs, so we really can go ten or twelve-deep. We’re really deep, and it’s gonna be hard to stop twelve players every single night. And so that’s the goal for us – to find which match-ups are working for us, what group of guys work best for us that night, and go with those guys,” said the one-time PBA champion reinforcement.