Players that have previously worn uniforms for BLACKWATER and Converge are about to return.
In the first deal the two teams made in 2023, Barkley Ebona went to the FiberXers to rejoin his former coach Danny Ildefonso while the Bossing acquired Mike DiGregorio.
On the first day of the new year’s office, trade papers will be delivered to the PBA, said the source.
The 31-year-old DiGregorio spent his greatest years with the Blackwater team, where he averaged 12.4 points while shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc in order to win the Most Improved Player award in 2017–18.
However, in 2019, TNT exchanged him for Brian Heruela because shooting guard out of McKendree University Mark Dickel, a then-active consultant, had his eye on him.
Yet, his time with the telecommunications franchise only lasted for a conference before he was sent back to Alaska at the start of the 45th season in exchange for Simon Enciso, the same team that Converge would later buy outright.
Alaska selected Ebona in the first round of the 2019 draft (fourth overall), and Ildefonso, the Aces’ big man coach at the time, is credited with helping him improve significantly as a player under the boards.
However, the 6-foot-6 Far Eastern University product played with the Aces for just one and a half seasons before being traded to the Bossing for Mike Tolomia and a 2022-second round pick midway through the 46th season, along with JVee Casio.