DeAndre Williams-Baldwin comes in as NLEX makes one last push to PBA Comm's Cup playoffs

DeAndre Williams-Baldwin will be making his pro debut with NLEX.
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG--NLEX pins its hopes on a new import as it tries to stay alive in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

The Road Warriors announced on Tuesday that they have signed DeAndre Williams-Baldwin to replace Stokley Chaffee as their new foreign reinforcement.

Williams-Baldwin is listed at six-feet-nine, just at the import height limit for this conference, making him eligible to join.

NLEX still had to fix some things regarding his entry, but the team eventually got him in just before the 12 p.m. deadline for the roster update.

Willams-Baldwin had a stellar freshman season at Evansville in which he helped the team stun then-number-one-ranked team Kentucky in only his second collegiate game and dropped 37 points against Miami (Ohio) in another game before a back injury hounded him for the rest of the year.

Williams-Baldwin declared for the 2020 NBA Draft but backed out and continued his collegiate career with Memphis, averaging 17.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game in his final year.

Williams-Baldwin will play for the Road Warriors in their last two elimination round assignments against the Converge FiberXers on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City and Barangay Ginebra on Saturday night at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi.

NLEX needs to win both games to keep its chances of making the quarterfinals alive.

Four years after passing on the NBA Draft, Williams-Baldwin will be making his professional debut in the PBA.

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