Former PBA imports Rob Dozier and Tony Mitchell are set for another tour of duty in the league.
This time, though, they won’t be suiting up for their mother teams.
Dozier first burst into the PBA scene in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup as a reinforcement for the Alaska Aces. He led the team all the way to the Finals opposite Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel. The Aces swept the crowd favorites 3-0 with the 6-foot-9 Dozier claiming the Best Import award.
He returned to the Aces the following season but wasn’t as successful this time around as they fell to eventual champion San Mig Coffee in the quarterfinal round.
His last stint in the league was in the 2016 edition of the same conference as a late replacement for Shane Edwards. He was able to book a return trip to the Finals but lost to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their best-of-seven series, 4-2.
He is set to reinforce the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters this time around where he is bound to be reunited with former teammates Calvin Abueva and RJ Jazul as well as with coaches Louie Alas and Topex Robinson.
Mitchell, on the other hand, will now reinforce the NLEX Road Warriors with no less than head coach Yeng Guiao confirming their import of choice.
“We watched videos of him playing at na-impress naman kami. We thought it was worth bringing him back,” said the national team mentor.
The 27-year old Mitchell submitted averages of 21.3 points, 14.4 rebounds, 2.9 blocks, 1.8 assists, and 1.0 steal in 8 games for the Magnolia Hotshots in the 2017 edition of the Commissioner’s Cup. He was replaced by Ricardo Ratliffe but the team lost to eventual champion San Miguel in the semifinal round.