MERALCO coach Norman Black played down Baser Amer’s inauspicious debut on Wednesday, saying he believes the rookie playmaker is still the team’s point guard of the future.
Amer went scoreless after missing all his four shots, adding just one assist and one board against two turnovers in 14 minutes of action in the Bolts’ 92-90 loss to Blackwater.
“He doesn't really know the system yet,” Black said of the San Beda star, who has attended only four practices with his pro team. “He forced a few shots today, a couple of turnovers, so it's not a good start for him in the PBA.”
“It's gonna take a while for him to learn the system and get used to his teammates, but he'll be okay,” he added.
But Black still envisions this year’s seventh overall pick to eventually take over veteran starter Jimmy Alapag in the future.
“Baser is a really good player,” the American coach said. “He has good vision, he can push the basketball, and he can score the basketball.”
“We're hoping he will be the point guard for this team eventually.”