High basketball IQ.
That’s what former pro league superstar Danny Ildefonso believes as the greatest asset of Ateneo Blue Eaglets’ prized recruit Kai Sotto so far despite his relatively thin frame at 6-foot-9.
“Hintayin na lang natin lumakas ‘yung katawan niya pero ang maganda sa bata, mataas ang IQ sa basketball. Maganda rin ang attitude ng bata,” said Ildefonso, 38, of Sotto after emerging from the Blue Eaglets’ dugout following their 81-86 loss dealt by the San Beda Red Cubs in the juniors play of the 2016 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Sotto, who came off the bench, made his two attempts from the field and finished with four points aside from an assist in six minutes of play, giving the Blue Eaglets a glimpse of what he can bring to the table.
Even San Beda coach JB Sison raved about Sotto’s potential.
“Ang laking bata, ano” he said, his eyes glowing. “Actually very promising. talagang lob-pass mo lang..Marunong ‘yung bata. Malaki yung potential. Mukhang lalaki pa. Bright, bright future,” added Sison.
A two-time MVP in the pro ranks, Ildefonso disclosed he’s only on his first week in charge as an assistant to Blue Eaglets coach Joe Silva and he intends to help the country’s future big men reach their true potential.
“Maganda magturo dito kasi may future ang mga bigs. Kahit papaano, kapag naging successful sila, mabanggit lang ang pangalan mo, okay na ‘yun,” said the Urdaneta, Pangasinan native. – By Jerome Lagunzad
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