Chris Banchero attended his practice for Magnolia after being traded by the Alaska Aces for Rodney Brondial and Robbie Herndon.
The 30-year old Banchero will move on to his second team in the PBA after spending his first 5 seasons in the league with the team which drafted him 5th overall in the 2014 rookie draft.
“It was good. Just learning the plays, learning the new schemes. But the guys are extremely nice. It was easy transitioning. I’m just happy that it’s done,” said Banchero after attending his first practice with the Hotshots, Monday at the Ronac Art Center.
“It’s still kinda weird putting on the Purefoods (jersey). But I’m extremely excited and very grateful for the opportunity to play for this franchise,” he added.
Banchero is now looking forward to playing alongside Mark Barroca, Paul Lee and former Alaska teammate Romeo Travis.
“I feel very blessed. We did a little scrimmage here and I’m pushing the ball down the floor. I’ve got Paul Lee on one side. I’ve got Barroca trailing, then I got Romeo Travis, best import in here. I have a lot of guys around me so I don’t have to do too much. I just have to make the right play, just hit my opportunities. There’s a lot of good players over here so I’m very excited.”
The Fil-Italian guard will make his debut for the Hotshots on Wednesday, November 6 when the defending champs take on the unpredictable Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.