By WAYLON GALVEZ
Alaska has opted to bring in a new reinforcement in former Ohio player Antonio Campbell for the mid-season PBA Commissioner’s Cup that starts April 22.
Alaska mentor Alex Compton made the announcement yesterday, and the Aces expect the 6-foot-9 Campbell to arrive today.
“We will be signing Antonio Campbell as our import. He played at Ohio University and most recently for the Lakeland Magic of the NBA G League,” said Compton.
Campbell went undrafted in last year’s NBA Rookie Draft despite his impressive four years with the Bobcats. He played high school basketball at Holy Cross in Covington, Kentucky – the same school that produced Boston Celtics legends, Bob Cousy and Tom Heinsohn.
From averaging just 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game as an Ohio freshman, Campbell improved his per game averages to 10.0 points and 7.6 rebounds in his sophomore season
In 2016 as a junior, Campbell averaged 17.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, a stat line that led to him being named the Mid-American Conference (MAC) men’s basketball Player of the Year. Though he planned to join the NBA draft, he opted to return to Ohio for his senior year.
He is a known scorer inside the shaded lane and from the perimeter, something that is key in Alaska’s offense, but he needs to double his effort on defense since the Aces thrives on this with their full-court pressure.
Alaska hopes to make it to the quarterfinal playoffs after the team missed the knockout stage last season with import Cory Jefferson.