FORMER Adamson Falcons gunner Alex Nuyles is now working extra hard to make a good impression on PBA teams after the rookie draft pool got deeper with the late entry of several top guards from the UAAP.
Nuyles had been tipped as a first-round prospect in the November 3 draft at the Robinsons Place in Malate, Manila until some of college basketball’s brightest stars put in their applications one after the other.
Nuyles said he was caught by surprise last week when former UAAP MVP RR Garcia of FEU, reigning MVP Terrence Romeo also of FEU, and University of Santo Tomas’ top gun Jeric Teng applied for the PBA rookie draft.
“Medyo kinakabahan nga ako eh tapos superstars pa ang mga pumasok sa draft, lalo na si Terrence Romeo. Nagulat ako kasi last-minute na magpapa-draft na din siya,” added the sweet-shooting guard.
The 6-foot-2 Nuyles played only four games for the Falcons during the 2012 UAAP season due to a dislocated right shoulder but is now hoping he could turn some heads during the training sessions with Globalport and Barako Bull, which own a combined four draft picks in the first round.
“Nakapag-practice na ako sa Globalport ng mga two weeks tapos na-invite din ako dito sa Barako Bull. Sabi naman nila kung gusto ko magpa-kundisyon, magpunta lang daw ako,” Nuyles told Spin.ph, shortly after practicing with the Energy Cola on Wednesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
Nuyles also said he wouldn’t mind falling into the second round of the draft, as long as he gets the chance to play in the PBA.
“Basta makapirma lang after ma-draft,” he said.
The Camalig, Albay native played for Big Chill and recently with EA Regen where he played alongside top rookie prospect Ian Sangalang in the PBA D-League.
Nuyles had his best season with the Falcons during the 2011 UAAP season, averaging 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists, helping Adamson to the No. 2 seed and the twice-to-beat advantage.
The Falcons, though, got beaten twice by the FEU Tamaraws in the Final Four.