ANDREAS Cahilig remains upbeat about the coming PBA rookie draft despite suffering an injury six days before the Oct. 29 proceedings at the Robinson’s Place Manila.
The Fil-Swede big man hurt his left hamstring while doing the anthropometry during the opener of the annual rookie draft combine at the Gatorade Hoops Center on Monday.
The injury prevented Cahilig from joining the mini-tournament among would-be rookies in the afternoon.
Despite the misfortune, the young Cignal player is confident everything will turn out fine come draft day.
“Yeah, I still feel upbeat,” Cahilig said. “I hope things get better.”
“I hurt my hamstring while I’m doing sprint,” he said. “I kind of regret that I went so hard for it.”
The anthropometry is a skills test challenge among players in which their vertical leap, speed, strength, agility, among others, is measured.
It was during the ¾ court sprint that Cahilig hurt his hamstring.
He said there’s still pain on the injured leg that he’s not sure if he can play when the mini-tournament resumes at the close of the rookie camp on Tuesday also at the same venue.
“It depends on how I feel. If I can, I can, but if I can’t, I don’t want to take the risk,” said the 6-foot-5 stretch four from San Beda.
Curiously, Cahilig has been under the radar of KIA deputy coach Chris Gavina even while he’s still playing for Cignal in PBA D-League.