Knowing that they are about to enter the adult men’s league, Alvin Pasaol and Larry Muyang are working very hard to improve the defensive aspects of their game.
“I think that’s what you really need when you go to the pros. We all know anyone can score there, ”Pasaol said in a recent episode of The Prospects Pod.
“I play as a center. So I really hope to double my defense, ”added Muyang.
The duo, who have both had remarkable careers at the college level, are expected to be a first-round pick in the PBA Rookie Draft on March 14.
A 6-foot-4 swingman, Pasaol could instantly provide a score to any club that draws him. He once set the University Sports Association of the Philippines single-game scoring record with 49 points before advancing to the 3 × 3 circuit where he became the country’s second best player.
Meanwhile, Muyang should easily catch the interest of any team. The 6-foot-5 batsman was once the National Collegiate Association Rookie of the Year. He went on to become Letran’s anchor, notably during the Knight’s Championship race in 2019.
Both players are likely to be selected in the first round of the draft as their weight and height are rarities among rookies.
They could even be selected early if the number of Filipino-foreign hopefuls is reduced after March 5, the league’s deadline for documentary requirements.
But such a possibility does not excite Muyang and Pasaol much. After all, they are confident that nothing will be handed to them on a silver platter once they take the plunge into PBA.
In fact, what turns them on the most is the idea of just competing against the best in the PBA.
“June Mar (Fajardo) and Japeth (Aguilar). They are great people. I also want to experience playing against huge players, ”Muyang said. “I know they’ll do a quick job for me, but I’ll try to fight.”
“These PBA stars are the ones people look up to. Just playing against them is already an honor, ”added Pasaol.
The prospects were invited by teams for private training sessions to make up for the absence of the Draft Combine. INQ
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