Brgy. Ginebra added depth to its ailing backcourt by acquiring free agent guard Maverick Ahanmisi.
Ahanmisi signed a three-year max deal with the Gin Kings after his contract with Converge expired at the conclusion of the PBA’s 47th season. During his tenure with the FiberXers, he posted career-best numbers that made him arguably the team’s best local player.
Tim Cone, head coach of the crowd darlings, stated on Sunday, September 17, that Ahanmisi is a timely addition, as chief playmaker LA Tenorio is still undergoing cancer treatment and is uncertain of his return date while sophomore gunner Jeremiah Gray is recovering from a knee injury.
“He was a great fit with the loss of Miah and the uncertainty of LA at this point. He seemed extremely excited to be joining Ginebra,” said Cone.
Ahanmisi’s averages of 13.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.2 steals helped the Aldin Ayo-mentored squad reach the postseason in all three conferences last season.
He shone notably in the Governors’ Cup, where he normed 19.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.2 steals.
The announcement of Brgy. Ginebra’s acquisition of Ahanmisi came after the FiberXers’ No. 9 selection of former La Salle star guard Schonny Winston in the PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.
Ahanmisi’s departure is anticipated to be filled by 6-foot-4 Winston, who was a formidable scorer during his two-year UAAP tenure.
Cone is enthusiastic about pairing the Fil-Nigerian guard with the reigning PBA Most Valuable Player Scottie Thompson and Stanley Pringle.
“We look forward to the trio of Scottie, Stanley, and Maverick playing together,” said Cone.