WHILE a number of draftees are reunited either with their college coaches or former college teammates, Michael Calisaan has found himself his cousin Ian Sangalang in Magnolia.
The 10th pick in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft is just overjoyed over the opportunity to team up with his cousin, more so since he'll be joining his favorite PBA team.
"Napakasaya ko kasi ito talaga yung favorite team ko eh. Pag nanonood ako ng PBA, ito ang binabantayan ko," the stocky 6-4 forward said.
Having Sangalang around comes as a bonus.
"At least, nandoon ako sa Magnolia at ma-guide ako ni Kuya Ian sa dapat kong gawin at mga kulang ko. Mababantayan niya ako dahil kasama ko siya doon," he said.
"Sana mag-fit ako sa system nila at sana maging successful, na hindi ko sila mabigo sa pagpili nila sa akin."
Hotshots coach Chito Victolero, though, was quick to clarify that Sangalang didn't really influence the team's decision to pick Calisaan, saying the San Sebastian forward has proven himself worthy of a look from team coaches.
"Hindi naman dahil kay Ian 'yan. Sa totoo lang, hindi namin ine-expect na nandoon pa si Michael. Akala namin sa top six siya babagsak kaya masaya kami na nakuha namin siya," he said.
"Yung bata talaga, very talented. Kinuha namin siya dahil sa skills niya. Nagkataon lang na pinsan siya ni Ian pero mas maganda pa nga sa amin 'yun kasi 'yung adjustment niya, hindi na mahirap. Ang importante, nakuha namin siya."
Calisaan's entry to Magnolia adds another reliable forward who can play the four, the same role Sangalang has filled for the team since being drafted back in 2013.
Undersized as he may be, the Kapampangan bruiser vowed to bring the same level of intensity as he starts a new chapter in his basketball career with the Hotshots.
"Sobrang excited ko. Gagawin ko ang best ko dahil ito ang gusto ko, ito ang pangarap ko," he said.