Here come the PBA imports: James Farr out to bolster Magnolia’s frontcourt

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It’s that time of the year again, as each PBA team will once again welcome battle-tested reinforcements for the highly anticipated 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, which started last May 19.

These imports, who were first welcomed by the league in 1981, have brought world-class talent to the Philippine hardwood and have raised the level of play among locals.

FOX Sports Philippines presents our “Here come the Imports” series, where we profile each PBA team’s basketball mercenaries for the upcoming conference. The Magnolia Hotshots initially tapped John Fields as its import for this Commissioner’s Cup but had to change course due to his injury.

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James Farr is set to replace Fields as the Hotshots are looking to find their bearings in the said tourney.

Professional experience

James Farr made the most out of his stay in Xavier, averaging 10.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in his four-year collegiate. From there, he tried his luck in the NBA back in 2016 but was left undrafted.

Eventually, the former Musketeer took his talents to play in countries like Hungary, France, and Germany as he established himself as a reliable reinforcement. Currently just 26 years old, Farr offers a lot of upside especially with his athleticism and basketball IQ.

Fit with Magnolia?

With the Hotshots in dire need of an athletic presence in the middle, it is clear why they tapped the services of James Farr. The Illinois native is listed at 6’10” and he can bang bodies against the best of them given his hefty frame. He is a relentless rebounder who could tap balls alive for possible offensive rebounding opportunities and he can finish well inside with his variety of moves. With his high-leaping ability, he is adept in swatting or deterring shots on defense as well.

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