ERIC Wise knows for a fact he won’t be able to play like his father, former PBA import Francois Wise.
The 24-year-old Wise scored 33 points, including seven of the team’s last 10 points to lead Barako Bull to a remarkable fourth quarter recovery for a 95-94 victory over Meralco at the start of the PBA Governors Cup Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
But despite his respectable debut, the younger Wise, comfortable at playing the small forward and power forwards, said he can’t hold a candle as far as his father is concerned.
The elder Wise owns PBA career numbers of 36.7 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, and 1.1 steals in 118 games. He once scored 74 points in a game and played for U-Tex, Tanduay, Manila Beer, and Hills Bros from 1981 to 1987.
“I don’t know if I can rebound like him (his father) and score 74 points in a game, but I’m gonna give my best,” Wise said with a smile.
And since he doesn’t have the big frame his dad used to have during his prime, the former USC Trojan said he intends to continue to improve on his outside shooting to help Barako Bull this conference.
“I grew up playing the four (power forward position) the last couple of years. I worked on my ball handling and I’m comfortable with it,” he said.
“But he (Francois) was a four and he’s way bigger than me so I gotta have the outside shot because he’s too big. I don’t think I can get that big,” he added.
Barako Bull returns to action on Wednesday when it faces San Miguel Beer.