April 25, 2024

Down-on-its-luck Converge puts PBA Commissioner's Cup fate in hands of former Clipper Jamil Wilson

Down-on-its-luck Converge puts PBA Commissioner
Los Angeles Clippers press release

Mired in the cellar early in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the Converge FiberXers has finally had enough.

And the team has made a major move to arrest its alarming skid.

Converge on Tuesday tabbed Jamil Wilson to replace Tom Vodanovich after going winless in five games with the latter in the ongoing import-laced conference.

Undrafted in the 2014 NBA  Draft, Wilson went on to have stints in Italy, Puerto Rico, and the NBA G League before finally getting a call up from the Los Angeles Clippers in 2017 on a two-way contract.

With then Clippers star Blake Griffin sidelined by injury, Wilson was able to show his wares in December 2017, even starting 10 games for Los Angeles' other team. In all, he averaged 7.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists, and 0.5 blocks in 15 games with the Clippers. 

His stint with the Clippers was shortlived, though, as the team waived him the following month. 

Still, the 6-foot-7 journeyman has continued his hoops journey in other leagues before landing in the Philippines by way of the FiberXers.

Wilson's best stint overseas, incidentally, came only recently, when he averaged 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.0 dimes per game in the 2021–2022 season for the Piratas de Quebradillas in Puerto Rico's Baloncesto Superior Nacional. 

Converge will be looking to get that kind of all-around brilliance from Wilson, whose arrival might just be what the doctor ordered for the beleaguered FiberXers, who also signed rookie JL Delos Santos.

Wilson will get an early baptism of fire right on Wednesday as Converge takes on the resurgent NorthPort Batang Pier, who are right at the middle of the pack with a 3-2 win-loss slate.