FIL-Canadian rookie prospect James Forrester has high respect for Rookie of the Year Calvin Abueva and would love to play alongside the undersized forward with the Alaska Aces.
Forrester had a chance to work out with the Aces last week and was able to see up close what the tireless Abueva is capable of doing inside the court.
“I’ve never seen a player with that kind of motor and that kind of energy that Calvin Abueva brings,” Forrester told Spin.ph on Tuesday during the PBA biometrics for rookie hopefuls ahead of the November 3 draft.
Officially listed at 6-foot-1 and ¾, Forrester starred for Arellano Chiefs in the NCAA this past two seasons.
The athletic forward said he wouldn’t mind being picked by any PBA team, though he said, it would be a different experience playing alongside the player they call 'The Beast.'
“The main thing I’ve learned from Calvin is he doesn’t give up. Whatever happens in the play, he doesn’t give up, and that’s what’s admirable, especially for a basketball player because hard work translates to defense and defense translates to championships,” he stressed.
Forrester is actually on Alaska’s radar, but given his athleticism and good perimeter shooting, he’s also high on Barako Bull’s list.
The Aces own the No. 8 pick overall while the Energy Cola select from fourth to sixth in the first round.
The 24-year-old Arellano guard said should he end up with the Aces, he already has a picture of what he could possibly do alongside Abueva, the former NCAA Most Valuable Player.
“I pictured situations where Calvin just grabs the rebound, he gives it to me, and I get it back to him. It’s really exciting to picture where I’d fit in any PBA team,” he said.