ABU Tratter is reluctant to embrace the label “best big man” in the draft pool.
"I'm not gonna say I'm the best, but I'm confident in my ability coming into this draft especially with the talent this year," he said.
Standing at 6-foot-6, Tratter is definitely one of the tallest neophytes to enter the field. And as if his height isn't an advantage alone, the former La Salle slotman also boasts something only a handful of players in this class can brag about: a stint in the national team.
For the Laguna-born Tratter, that experience with Gilas Pilipinas truly gave him the much-needed edge as he was able to pick the brain of some of the best ballers the land has to offer.
"I think it allowed to me to kind of pick up some ideas and thoughts on how to come about making basketball a job for me. I took in all the advice from the older cats gave me like Gabe (Norwood), or watching June Mar (Fajardo) work."
"It really helped me and allowed me to stay focused on what I need to do in the next level," he added.