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    'The Beast' reinvented: Arrival of tall imports prompts role transformation for rookie Abueva

    Jan 8, 2013

    SUPER rookie Calvin Abueva’s role at Alaska Milk is set to undergo a major transformation with the arrival of towering imports for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    And don’t be surprised if you see ‘The Beast’ playing point guard.

    The former San Sebastian star’s rebounding numbers are expected to go down in a tournament that features imports of unlimited height, but Aces coach Luigi Trillo intends to tap into Abueva’s versatility to maximize his presence.

    By that, the Alaska coach means the freshman sensation will be tasked to play multiple positions during the tournament – even point guard if the situation requires.

    "We'll have time to play Calvin in multiple positions,” Trillo told Spin.ph. “He can still play the four (power forward) but he can play the two or three, though I won't be surprised if he plays the point.”

    Officially measured at 6-1 ½, Abueva stood out in the power-forward spot during the PBA Philippine Cup while battling opponents a couple of inches taller than him – thanks to his terrific vertical leap, athleticism, brute strength, and dogged determination.

    The former NCAA MVP from Balibago, Angeles City was one of only two players to post double-double averages in the current conference – the other was Petron star Arwind Santos – with his 14.5 points and 10.6 rebounds a game.

    With the role switch, is a triple-double just around the corner for ‘The Beast.’

    "We're just trying to maximize where Calvin is best at,” Trillo said. “And we've seen what he can do on the court."

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