FROM one Red Warrior to another, Paolo Hubalde believes that a little more fine-tuning and Alvin Pasaol will be ready for the big leagues.
"Konting harness pa pero ready to go na yan sa PBA," he said.
The UE stalwarts' paths crossed on Saturday when Pasaol's 1Bataan Risers met Hubalde's Carga Valenzuela in the semifinals of the first leg of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup.
Bataan took the win in that duel, and in the process, Pasaol also left a big impression to a predecessor of his in Hubalde.
"May outside shooting siya at may laro sa loob. So sa akin, ang kulang na lang niya is experience at lakas dahil meron na siyang halos lahat," said the elder Red Warrior. "He has a very bright future. Lalo na galing siya sa UE, I'm very proud of him with what he has become."
Pasaol and the Risers then went on to claim the championship in that first leg.
For Hubalde, he feels pride seeing another UE product make it big.
And as Pasaol goes back to Recto for one more year, Hubalde is just wishing him nothing but luck, both as an individual and as a member of the Red Warriors men's basketball program.
"It doesn't matter kung gaano ka katagal naglaro. Basta pagsuot mo na yung pula ng UE, it's an honor for any player," he said.
"I'm very excited and proud of him because he is doing things for UE. Sana mag-rub off yan sa ibang players ng UE at hindi lang siya. Sana ma-inspire lalo na yung rookies niya. For them to be successful, it can't be just one guy. You need 12 to 15 guys. If he can be an icon for the team, okay na yun."