IF there's one player who has taken a giant leap in the course of Gilas Pilipinas' build-up for the 2017 Seaba Cup, it's Meralco guard Ed Daquioag.
This came from Gilas coach Chot Reyes himself.
"There's a lot of improvement from a lot (of players) but I think the standout has been Ed Daquioag," Reyes said at the end of Gilas practice on Tuesday night at the Meralco gym.
"From when he stepped in and the way he is moving now, just his body language, even his confidence and hitting the three-point shot, I think he added that to his game."
Reyes, though, said the combo guard needs to enhance his shooting from beyond the arc if he is to contend for a place in the Gilas team to the Seaba championships in Manila next month.
"We've always liked his game because he is a combo guard, he can play the point and two as well but the question is how deadly he will be be from the three-point line," said Reyes. "He is proving that so far so he will give the others a real run for the slot."
The former University of Santo Tomas star refused to be carried away when told about Reyes' praise, saying he still sees a lot of room for improvement as far as his game is concerned.
"Mahina kasi talaga ako sa shooting," he said.
"Mas malalaki sa ibang bansa, mas malalaki ang katawan, mas shooter. Maliit tayo, so kailangan may outside shooting ka talaga. Kung wala kang shooting parang wala kang silbi sa loob, di ka babantayan," he added.
For now, Daquioag said he is making the most of the opportunity to play alongside some of the PBA's best players, including his idol Jayson Castro.
"Ine-enjoy ko lahat ng moment na makasama mga idols ko," he said.