• Maverick impresses scouts in PBA rookie camp

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    Philippine Basketball Association rookie hopefuls undergo anthropometry, functional movement screen and single leg hop test on Wednesday at the Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City. PHOTOS BY MIKE DE JUAN

    FILIPINO-American Ahanmisi Maverick topped the two agility performance tests on Wednesday to impress the scouts on Wednesday in the Philippine Basketball Association Draft Combine held at the Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City.

    The 6-foot-2 guard who played for University of Minnesota in the US, registered a leading time of 3.43 seconds in the court sprint and then recorded 11.22 seconds in the lane agility drill to top the first batch of rookie hopefuls.

    “It’s all about my hard work because when I was in US I really trained hard to become flexible and it is a humbling experience to get some media attention here. I’m ready to play for any team and bring my leadership and hard work there,” he said.

    Maverick, who led Café France to its first ever PBA D-League Championship, averaged 14 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game during the elimination round of the D-League.

    Besides Maverick, 63 other potential rookie participants mostly dominated by guards attended the two-day training camp that featured San Beda stars Garvo Lanete, Art Dela Cruz and playmaker Baser Amer, Ateneo De Manila University’s Chris Newsome and La Salle’s Norbert Torres.

    Other rookies to watch are Kevin Racal of Letran, La Salle’s Yutien Andrada, Robin Rono of National University, Ryan Wetherell of California State Los Angeles, Earl Scottie Thompson of Perpetual, Josan Nimes of Mapua and Bradwyn Guinto of San Sebastian. JOSEF T. RAMOS

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