Legendary coach Tim Cone of Barangay Ginebra believes that Earl Scottie Thompson should learn from veteran guards Mark Caguioa, Jay-Jay Helterbrand and LA Tenorio in the upcoming 41st Season of the Philippine Basketball Association.
“I think Scottie has star written all over him, but to expect him to come into a veteran team and spell the difference in winning a championship right away is a tall order,” Cone, 57, told The Manila Times in an interview on Monday.
Cone sees that the 6’1 University of Perpetual Help starting point guard is a huge asset to the team because of his great playmaking skills.
“We want to be patient with Scottie and give him a chance to grow under the mentorship of Jay Jay and Mark,” he added. “He is very special that’s why we selected him right away. He is the best available point guard in this year’s draft.”
Thompson, known for his triple-double productions in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, said that he could fit well in Cone’s triangle system.
Triple-double means a player posts three double-digit numbers in various statistical departments among them points, rebounds and assists.
“That is the same kind of play that we usually run in Perpetual. I think I can adapt to it,” said the player from Digos City in Davao. “Playing for Ginebra is a special blessing because of its popularity. I hope to learn a lot from them.”
Besides Thompson, Ginebra also picked former University of Santo Tomas forward Aljon Mariano (fourth second round) and Lee Villamor (sixth third round).
“Both players are fighting for a slot in the wing position and both have a good shot of making our team,” said Cone.