SOUTHWESTERN University guard Mark Jayven Tallo declared the coming season will be his last playing in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi).
The 6-foot guard said despite the many achievements he has attained within the basketball circuit down South, Tallo feels he still isn’t ready for the next level, so much so he’s looking forward of applying in the next draft of the PBA D-League.
Although a champion, a two-time Cesafi MVP, and a perennial Mythical Team member, the finest collegiate guard this side of the country remained critical about his plays.
“Feeling ko lang na hindi pa talaga ako ready for the D-League. I need to change my weaknesses and turn them into my strengths. I need to work harder. That’s why I decided to stay and play one more year in SWU,” said Tallo, citing defense, speed, and conditioning as among the aspects of his game he still need to improve on.
However, Cobras assistant coach Rocky Alcoseba, son of SWU head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba, unequivocally said the team’s ace playmaker is already ripe for the next level.
“Yes. He has an advantage over other point guards. Most point guards are under six-feet tall. Mac (Tallo) is a legitimate 6-footer. Others are transitioning from shooting guard to point guard to be effective in the PBA but Mac has been playing the same position his entire life,” said the young Alcoseba of the former Ateneo and La Salle player.
“No need for any transition on that end.”
Still, Alcoseba sees more room for Tallo’s improvement.
“What he needs to develop more is his consistency in shooting from the perimeter and his three-point shot. He also needs to be consistent on defense,” added the young Alcoseba.
For the moment though, Tallo is focused on bringing back the championship to SWU after being dethroned last year.
It was a huge struggle for Tallo and the Cobras in 2015 as they had to play with only nine players all season long due to eligibility and injury issues.
But with a full deck this season, Tallo said the Cobras are primed and ready to reclaim the championship.
“We are healthy, ready, and a strong team this year. We are ready to get the championship,” Tallo boldly declared.