PERHAPS Calvin Abueva is nothing like any homegrown player he has seen the past few years, so Luigi Trillo had to go further back to find the perfect comparison for Calvin Abueva.
"He (Abueva) reminds me of our past import, Sean Chambers," said the Alaska coach, a longtime deputy of former Aces coach Tim Cone, of his super rookie. "Undersized with a very big heart."
Comparisons with Chambers were inevitable considering how the No. 2 pick of this season's rookie draft has impressed in his first three games as a pro with a rare combination of brute strength, athleticism, and dexterity.
Like Chambers before him, the former San Sebastian star is small for the power-forward position but he has dominated nonetheless with averages of 15.7 points and 12.3 rebounds to earn Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honors for the period covering October 22-28.
"He's really a game-changer. When he comes in, you feel na nakaka-intimidate siya. And to do it at the 4 (power forward) spot, it's amazing. He's (just) 6-1, (actually, he was officially measured at 6-1 1/2)," said Trillo.
That's just for starters. Trillo can't wait for the time when he can use the double-double machine in other positions, where he has no doubt Abueva will shine as well.
"We are using him at the forward position. We have not even tried him out in the wing or point guard position. I cannot remember a (local) player who could play all five positions," said Trillo.
"He is a ball of energy who brings so much passion to the game for us."