ALASKA coach Alex Compton said he would love to learn from national coach Tab Baldwin in the wake of reports that he is set to be part of the coaching staff of the Gilas Pilipinas team bound for the 2015 Fiba-Asia Championship.
Compton on Wednesday refused to confirm or deny a Spin.ph report that he will be among the assistant coaches of Baldwin in the tournament in Changsha, China serving as a qualifier for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics.
However, Compton, who guided Alaska to two runner-up finishes in the last PBA season, said it will be a privilege for him to learn from a veteran of international basketball like Baldwin.
“We will wait for an announcement that coach Tab makes,” Compton told reporters during the opening day of the NBA Fit Week where former NBA head coach Brian Shaw conducted a coaching clinic at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
During Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios made no mention of Compton’s name when asked who will join Jong Uichico, Norman Black, Nash Racela, and Josh Reyes in Baldwin's staff.
Spin.ph sources, however, said Compton is set to be part Gilas along with Alaska players Calvin Abueva, Dondon Hontiveros and Sonny Thoss.
Compton said it will be a great boost for his coaching career if he can learn from a well-travelled coach like Baldwin, more so since the Alaska coach has had no international experience.
“It’s just like this (coaching clinic at the NBA Fit Week). If you get a chance to learn from the great coaches, you want to learn. I have zero experience internationally. If I was to be a part of it, I don’t really bring a lot to the table other than how can I help,” said Compton.
Compton even joked around with reporters about reports of his inclusion to Gilas Pilipinas.
“It came down between me and (Andray) Blatche on who to naturalize,” said Compton in jest. “They like my heft right now. They think I can be a power point guard. So unless there is a designated free throw shooter, I don’t think I’m ready.”