Prince Caperal is staying with Brgy. Ginebra.
The 28-year old product of Arellano University, who is actually eligible to become an unrestricted free agent since he is part of the 2014 PBA draft class, opted to remain a Gin King and was rewarded with a fresh two-year deal on Wednesday.
The signing came after negotiations for an extension contract was stalled due to the sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in the country earlier this year which also forced the league to suspend the remaining elimination round games of the 2021 Governors’ Cup.
The delay, however, was well worth the wait for the 6-foot-7 native of Quezon City.
“We knew he was good. If you could see him every day in practice… It’s all about understanding what we do and how we do it and why we do it,” said Brgy. Ginebra head coach Tim Cone of Caperal.
The former GlobalPort and Mahindra big man was able to prove his worth during the 2020 Philippine Cup when he served as Japeth Aguilar’s chief reliever. Caperal submitted career averages of 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds, including a high 42 percent shooting from three-point country, and was instrumental as the crowd darlings captured their first All-Filipino crown in 13 years.
His performance was so remarkable that it led to him being recognized as the Most Improved Player for 2020.
Rodney Brondial, John Pinto, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Chris Banchero were his batchmates who switched teams upon expiration of their contracts.