Alex Compton eager to start Alaska training camp and pick Australian coach Rob Beveridge's brain
Work starts early for Alex Compton and the Aces, who will look to improve on their semifinal finish in the season-ending Governors Cup. Jerome Ascano

ALASKA coach Alex Compton vows to learn as much as he can from highly-touted Australian coach Rob Beveridge when the Aces begin their training camp on Sept. 2 at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City.

The Aces are coming off a semifinal finish in last season’s Governors Cup under Compton’s first conference as a PBA head coach.

The former sweet-shooting American guard, was actually thrust into the head coaching post after Luigi Trillo surprisingly stepped down from his post three games into the season-ending conference.

The Alaska rookie coach, however, managed to squeeze the best out of the Aces, who took Rain or Shine to the distance in the best-of-five semifinal series, before losing.

With Beveridge, Compton expects to learn how he and the rest of the Alaska coaching staff could better develop the players’ skills on offense and defense.

“He’s got a great basketball mind,” Compton told, who just arrived last week from a vacation in the United States with his family.

Compton speaks highly of Beveridge, who steered the Australian national team to the 2003 World Junior championship in Thessaloniki, Greece and guided the Perth Wildcats to the National Basketball League championship in the 2009-10 season.

Beveridge is also coming off a coaching stint with the Shanghai Sharks owned by former NBA star Yao Ming early this year.

The 44-year-old Beveridge served as the Nike Basketball Camp director from 2005 to 2013, and headed the Nike Hoop Summit for five years where he was credited for helping produce the likes of current NBA players like Aussie star Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka, Portland Trailblazers’ Nicolas Batum, Utah Jazz’s Enes Kenter, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson, and Frechman Kevin Seraphin of the Washington Wizards.

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