AS the spotlight continues to focus on the upcoming PBA annual rookie draft, Alaska veteran big man Sonny Thoss welcomes the challenge posed by consensus top picks led by seven-foot slotman Greg Slaughter, former NCAA MVP Ian Sangalang and Letran star center Raymond Almazan.
“Yes, I heard about Slaughter, obviously and a few other young bucks coming over (to the PBA),” the 6-7 Thoss told Spin.ph, just before Alaska’s regular offseason practice at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
“That’s good for the league. It’s good to see more talent coming out, more competition coming out and they make the league better,” he added.
While the league will be bigger with the entry of Slaughter, Sangalang and Almazan, as well as the emergence of incoming Petron sophomore behemoth June Mar Fajardo, Thoss is confident that Alaska is still a force to be reckoned with for the upcoming season opening on November 17.
“Anything is possible with this team. The potential, I mean, sky’s the limit with this team. We’ll come and take one game at a time. We will have a lot to learn, but I like what this team is capable of doing,” explained Thoss, who is turning 32 on December 7.
Thoss is coming off a fine season with the Aces where he helped the Uytengsu franchise capture the Commissioner’s Cup with a 3-0 Finals sweep of Barangay Ginebra.
The James Cook University alumnus averaged 14 points and close to 10 boards, while holding his own against Ginebra import Vernon Macklin, en route to winning his first PBA Finals MVP award.
Despite his impressive play this past season, Thoss said he has been working out for nearly a month now to keep himself in game shape, aware that he’ll be facing stronger oppositions come the 39th PBA Season.
“I just continue to work on my game and work with my teammates. I’m working on my shooting and keeping myself healthy,” noted the 31-year-old Alaska center, who finished the 38th PBA Season with averages of 10.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists.