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    Arnold Van Opstal looking forward to learn from three-time MVP Fajardo in PBA

    Oct 28, 2016
    Arnold Van Opstal is one of 12 Gilas cadets in the PBA draft. Dante Peralta

    ARNOLD Van Opstal is looking forward to a reported move to San Miguel, saying a chance to play alongside three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo would be a 'dream come true.

    The 6-9 Van Opstal said being with the Beermen will give him a chance to learn from the multi-titled team particularly Fajardo, who is largely regarded as the best big man in the country today.

    "Wow, that will be a dream come true," Van Opstal, who sources said was picked by SMB in a special draft involving Gilas cadets on Thursday, said during Friday's SLAM Draft Suite at the Impressions Restaurant in Pasay City.

    "Being with June Mar every day, he is such a good player, incredible player, and matching up with him in practice, there isn't a better person to learn from in the PBA as a big," added the former La Salle big man.

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    Van Opstal said he is also looking forward to a reunion of sports with San Miguel team official Gee Abanilla, his former coach at De La Salle.

    "It would be really exciting and tremendous honor to be such in a great organization," said Van Opstal.

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    If he does join SMB, Van Opstal foresees practices with the Beermen will be more or less like those at La Salle when he took on Ben Mbala, then undergoing residency with the Green Archers, almost on a daily basis.

    Those practices made him a better player, the Gilas cadet saif.

    "It's like going against June Mar," said Van Opstal. "He pushed me to my limits every single practice. I'm going hard at him, he is going hard against me, bang bodies."

    As for his game, Van Opstal is looking to improve his midrange game in order to be versatile enough in the pros.

    "I could be versatile playing five and four. People see me as a five. If I can transform into a 4, 5, it's going to be nice for me," said Van Opstal, who also went to different countries months before the draft to 'clear my mind.'

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    "I want to make sure that mentally, I'm ready to go to the next step in my career," he said.

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    Arnold Van Opstal is one of 12 Gilas cadets in the PBA draft. Dante Peralta
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