YVAN Ludovice and Samboy de Leon were among the newly-acquired big names who will play for their new teams in the MPBL Datu Cup beginning early next year.
Ludovice, the spitfire guard of the Pasay Voyagers, became a free agent as his contract expired last December 20.
This allowed the player to choose the team he wants to play form and he selected the Bataan Risers-Zetapro, one of the top teams in the tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
Ludovice will be a welcome addition to the Risers camp that just lost guard Jayjay Alejandro and Jeepy Faundo, who were picked in the recent PBA Rookie Draft.
De Leon, who played briefly in the PBA for Magnolia/Star Hotshots, will be joining the Navotas Clutch, his third team in the MPBL Datu Cup. He first saw action for the star-studded San Juan Knights, but was released and played for the Bacoor Strikers, who also decided to release him in the last wave of free agents.
Also picked up by their new squads were Mac Montilla and JM Noble, who were both released by the Parañaque Patriots-F2 Logistics.
Montilla was supposed to play for Bacoor, but didn’t come to terms with the squad and ended up with Zamboanga along with Noble. They will join their former teammates Harold Arboleda, Robin Roño and Ivan Villanueva in the Family’s Brand Sardines-backed squad.
Other players ending up with their new squads were AJ Vitug, formerly of Bataan, which will now play for Pasay; Jonathan Macaranas, previously from the Caloocan Supremos, who will now see action for Parañaque.
Rudy Onde, formerly from Zamboanga, and Mark Pangilinan, originally from Bataan, will now play for Bacoor.