GlobalPort taps ex-Memphis Tiger Shawn Taggart to turn fortunes around

GlobalPort hopes to turn things around starting Saturday as it unveils a new import in NBA D-League veteran Shawn Taggart when the Batang Pier clash with the streaking Alaska Aces in their Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup match at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Listed as 6-10, the 30-year-old Taggart arrived early this week to replace undersized import Calvin Warner.

The 6-5 Warner, who came in as a temporary reinforcement, will be back for the Batang Pier in the season-ending Governors Cup.

The PBA office already confirmed GlobalPort’s import change.

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The American forward played alongside Chicago Bull star Derrick Rose and Alaska’s resident import Robert Dozier in college, helping the Memphis Tigers reach the 2008 US NCAA national championship where they eventually lost to the Kansas Jayhawks in the Finals.

The American journeyman is coming off a stint with El Jaysh in the Qatar basketball league where he submitted averages of 22.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 16 games in the 2015 season.

Undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft, Taggart had a brief stint with the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Summer League in 2010, before toiling at the D-League where he played for the Springfield Armor.

Outside his NBA D-League experience, Taggart also played in Israel, Spain and Turkey. – By Richard Dy

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