TREVIS Simpson’s vertical leap has been darn so high he earned the reputation as the Vince Carter of the Euro League.
But the 6-foot-4 wingman stressed his game is more than just leaps and hops as he hopes to bring more on the table when he reinforces Blackwater in the coming PBA Governors Cup
Simpson, a veteran of both the Greek and French leagues, was among the earliest to arrive among the imports for the season-ending tournament, bringing in impressive credentials that enabled him to draw comparisons with the high-flying Carter.
“I think I do. I think I jump pretty high for my size,” said Simpson, 25, when asked about being mentioned in the same breath as the former NBA slam dunk champion.
“That name (Vince Carter) came from my dad. I’m a Kobe Bryant guy myself, but growing up, I used to jump so high, so he (father) said, you jump just like Vince Carter,” he added.
Although he still can electrify the crowd with his vicious slams, the UNC Greensboro product admitted his game has since evolved as he tries to be more of a complete player.
“I don’t do it so much as I used to. You know when you start adding new to your game, some things go away,” said the father of two. “But I still got it a little bit.”
Simpson is aware he has a daunting task ahead at Blackwater, given the team’s failure to advance to the playoffs in the first two conferences of the season.
After arriving with the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup still in progress, he managed to watch some games during the playoffs and the finals and got a good idea of how things are being played here.
Asked what role he’ll play for the Elite, Simpson replied, ‘a little bit of everything.’
“I think with my resume having played in France, Greece, and the Euro Cup, I can play at many different levels. I can score the ball, I can rebound, I can pretty do much everything you need me to do as a big guard,” said the import, who could only laugh about Manila’s notorious traffic and humid weather, but finds the country as a very nice place.
He also believed the Elite need him to score a lot since rookie Mac Belo will be on loan to the Gilas program, while sophomore big man Art dela Cruz is out for the season with a knee injury.
Simpson doesn’t see any difficulty adjusting to it since he does the same while playing in college.
“I know I have to score more than usual. In Europe you don’t score a whole lot of points because it’s more of a team game, and you want to share the ball,” he said.
“Hopefully, I can do everything they need me to do so we can get some wins. And that’s the goal.”