KEVIN Alas has signified his intention to join the next PBA rookie draft, but the former Letran star vowed to improve his playmaking skills ahead of his jump to the pro ranks.
The high-scoring Alas said he needs to work on his skills at point guard during NLEX’s campaign in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup, which will be his final tournament as an amateur.
“’Yun naman kasi ang pinaka-gusto ko, point guard,” the Gilas cadet pool mainstay said. “Kasi kapag nasa akin ‘yung bola, mas masarap mag-create para sa mga teammates ko.”
Alas had a successful amateur career spiked by an NCAA Finals appearance with Letran where he was the top scoring option, as well as a gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games.
As it is, the six-foot Alas has been playing point guard for Gilas cadet as well as with NLEX in the PBA D-League, a transition that has been easy for the young star.
“Pagdating sa PBA, gusto ko rin kasing position is one. Tapos kapag na-stop ako sa one, puwede ako mag-two. So at least kapag nakapag-PBA na ako, I can play multiple positions,” said Alas, who also won an MVP award during a Gilas stint in a Hong Kong tournament.
Alas' draft plans may also prove timely, especially if the application of Blackwater Sports and Kia for PBA expansion franchises are approved by the league board.
Louie Alas, Kevin’s father and former Letran coach, said his son should definitely be a point guard in the PBA with his height.
“Kahit naman sa Letran ginagawa ko na siya minsan na point guard. Karamihan kasi ng mga magagaling sa PBA is sa two (shooting guard),” said the elder Alas.
NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez said Alas’ shift to the point guard position was key in the Road Warriors' march to their fifth title in the PBA D-League.