GREG Slaughter has just won Rookie of the Year honors, but he's putting in the work in the offseason to become "faster and stronger" in the next PBA season.
The 6-foot-11 Slaughter is coming off an impressive freshman season that saw him average 14.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 43 games with Ginebra on the way to bagging the Rookie of the Year award and a spot in the Mythical Second Team.
Apparently, he has raised the bar for next season.
The Ginebra center has been doing regular workouts for three weeks now with Kirk Collier, Red Bull’s former skills coach who also trained players from San Miguel Beer and Ginebra before accepting a job offer in South Korea.
“Well, I decided to stay here in Manila and train here with coach Kirk,” Slaughter told Spin.ph, after his workout with the American trainer at the Green Meadows gym near Libis, Quezon City.
“So now, I’m doing a lot of strengthening and training my body to be in real athlete’s shape, so you’re gonna see a quicker, mobile and stronger me next season,” he added.
Despite being tallest player in the league, Slaughter feels he has a lot to work on with his skills and well as his post moves. He also wants to add perimeter shooting to his arsenal to make him a solid inside-outside threat for the Gin Kings.
“My goal is to become a complete player, very mobile and a strong seven-footer, who can run and be in better shape,” vowed the former Ateneo star.
Now in his third week with Collier, Slaughter intends to keep the intense pace so he’ll be well conditioned by the time Ginebra returns to practice on August 18.
Ginebra, which is eyeing its first PBA title since the 2008 Fiesta Conference, compiled a 23-20 win-loss record this past season under three different coaches.
The Gin Kings finished with an aggregate 15-8 record en route to a third place finish after bowing to San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in their epic seven-game semifinal series in the Philippine Cup.
Ginebra then dropped to eighth place under “active” assistant coach Juno Sauler in the Commissioner’s Cup (3-7), before placing sixth in the Governors Cup under new coach Jeffrey Cariaso (5-5).