FOR Chris Newsome, hooking up with Meralco is like returning to his father.
The Fil-Am guard was selected No. 4 overall by the Bolts in Sunday’s PBA Gatorade Rookie Draft, reuniting him with former college coach Norman Black.
Newsome believes he’ll be a perfect fit for the Bolts under the leadership of Black, the same man who was his first coach in the Philippines when Ateneo recruited him in 2011.
“He’s been there for me since I’ve been here in the Philippines,” said Newsome of the multi-titled coach.
At Meralco, the 6-foot-2 guard thinks he will be best maximized since Black knows how to handle him.
“I feel like he’s the one that sees my ability the most,” he said. “He saw me as a raw athlete into what I’ve accomplished with Ateneo. I kinda learned the ropes with him.”
Aside from Newsome, the Bolts also picked Baser Amer with the No. 7 selection, then got Joseph Sedurifa of Centro Escolar University in the third round.
Newsome is looking forward of playing the backcourt for Meralco, unlike in college where he was more utilized as a power forward by the Blue Eagles, where he can contribute in the open court game.
“I feel like I can contribute more on offense. I will be more in the perimeter, getting the long shots, and be the first guys on the break. I definitely plan to be more aggressive on the open court with this team,” said Newsome.
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