BENT on opening the PBA’s 40th season with a bang, Alaska is bringing in well-known Australian coach Rob Beveridge to impart his vast knowledge to the Aces in their first offseason training camp under coach Alex Compton.
Beveridge is fresh from a coaching stint with the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association this year, though he is best remembered for steering the Perth Wildcats to the National Basketball League championship back home in the 2009-10 season.
“Parang training camp na rin namin 'yun pagdating nung Australian na coach. Magaling siya na coach ang I’m really sure malaki maitutulong niya sa amin,” Alaska’s top assistant coach Louie Alas told Spin.ph on Monday.
Alas said they have high hopes that the Aces will perform even better after their training camp in late August under Compton, who took over the coaching reins from Luigi Trillo just three games into the team's campaign in the Governors Cup.
The Alaska coach is currently on vacation with his family in the United States.
Under Compton, Alaska managed to make a solid run deep into the playoffs after the team’s franchise-worst 51-point loss to Rain or Shine in the eliminations.
The Aces eventually faced the Elasto Painters in the best-of-five semifinals, pushing the Asian Coating franchise to the distance before losing the series, 2-3.
“Hindi na naman masama ang performance namin. Imagine mo, we were one possession away para makapasok sa finals,” added Alas, a former PBA coach who helps Compton prepare the team’s defensive schemes.
Beveridge was referred to Compton by National University coach Eric Altamirano.
Alas said they are not expecting any wholesale changes to Alaska’s triangle offense, though they expect the Aussie coach to impart his knowledge on strength and conditioning, player development and a lot more.
Beveridge’ impressive credentials include steering the Australian junior national team to the 2003 World Junior championship in Thessaloniki, Greece.
He also served as the Nike Basketball Camp director from 2005 to 2013, and headed the Nike Hoop Summit for five years where he was credited for helping polish the skills of current NBA players like Aussie star Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Nicolas Batum, Utah Jazz’s Enes Kenter, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson, and Frechman Kevin Seraphin of the Washington Wizards.