With Douthit, Williams not eligible, Manila looking for Fil-for prospect

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NATURALIZED player Marcus Douthit, who represented Gilas Pilipinas in major international events like the 2011 and 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, 2014 Asian Games and 2015 Southeast Asian Games, has expressed interest to return to the Philippines to play for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

Unfortunately, the 6-foot-10 cager is not eligible to see action in the MPBL as per league rules.

Douthit played in the PBA as an import three times.

Fil-Am Mike Williams, a 6-2 guard who played for the Saigon Heat in the ABL, is another player who expressed interest to play in the fastest growing regional basketball legaue.

Both players were contacted by Manila Stars team owner Roman Ang, who disclosed their plans to FOX Sports Philippines.

“Marcus even sent his passport and naturalization documents. He really wanted to play here in the Philippines for our team,” added Roman in an online interview.

Sensing that the two will not be eligible to play in the MPBL, Roman is now looking for other Fil-foreign prospects to backstop their squad that already has ex-pros Roger Yap and Joseph Yeo, Riel Cervantes and Marcy Arellano, and amateur standouts John Lopez and Chris Bitoon among others.

“We are looking for few more players to complete our line up, including a Fil-foreign player,” added Roman.

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