SAN Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone believes former NCAA MVP Ian Sangalang will be a perfect fit for the team’s patented triangle offense once the San Sebastian big man ends up on their lap come Sunday’s PBA rookie draft.
“He’s got the natural skills for a triangle (offense). He’s very cerebral. He handles the ball well, and he can take the perimeter shot,” noted Cone to Spin.ph during the team’s victory party on Wednesday night at the San Miguel headquarters in Mandaluyong.
At the same time, Cone said Sangalang’s growth as a player can easily accelerate once he starts working with San Mig’s veteran big men led by Governors Cup Finals MVP Marc Pingris, Rafi Reavis, and Yancy de Ocampo.
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“He’s got the natural skills for a triangle (offense). He’s very cerebral. He handles the ball well, and he can take the perimeter shot." - Tim Cone
Officially listed at 6-foot-5 and 5/8, Sangalang has long been on the radar of the Mixers although Cone has declined to declare with certainty on whether he’s the player San Mig Coffee will tab for the No. 2 overall selection in Sunday’s PBA Rookie Draft.
“He’s (Sangalang) a young guy who can come in, learn from our veterans like Yancy, Ping, and Rafi. I think those guys are good role models for Ian. They’d really accelerate his learning curve for us,” Cone said.
The possible entry of Sangalang comes as a welcome development for a Mixers’ side that is coming off a rousing title conquest in the season-ending conference following its 4-3 Finals series win over Petron.
Aside from the No. 2 pick, San Mig also owns the no. 10 selection which Cone said the team intends to use on a wingman who can spell veteran stars James Yap and PJ Simon, while Allein Maliksi recovers from his torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury.