MOALA Tautuaa will make good use of the long break prior to the PBA Rookie Draft to polish his skills in the US and complete his recovery from an ankle injury.
The consensus No.1 pick in this year’s draft flew to San Francisco on Monday where part of his itinerary includes training under the supervision of a coach-friend, according to his representative Charlie Dy.
The 26-year-old Fil-Tongan is coming off a D-League campaign which saw him win the Foundation Cup MVP award while playing for Cebuana Lhuillier.
Tautuaa personally received the award prior to Game Two of the finals series between Hapee and Café France before leaving for the US that same night. He actually became the first player to win the coveted award from a team not playing in the finals.
Dy added Tautuaa will also be undergoing rehabilitation after suffering an ankle injury during the Gems’ semifinal series against Hapee.
“Sobrang maga pa rin kasi ang injury niya,” Dy bared.
Dy assured Tautuaa will be back in the country shortly before the PBA Draft on August 23 at the Robinson’s Place Manila.