YENG Guiao allowed JR Quiñahan to join Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and Kobe Paras in the Philippine team for the Fiba 3x3 World Championship next month in France.
The NLEX coach might as well ask his ward to do some scouting on his teammates.
After all, two of Quiñahan’s young teammates in Ravena and Teng are prospective lottery picks in the coming PBA Draft where the Road Warriors are expected to own the top pick.
The Road Warriors have struggled in two conferences under Guiao and are conceded a shot at getting one of the highest picks in the next PBA rookie draft.
After Quiñahan teams up with Ravena and Teng in the national team from June 17 to 21, the veteran stretch big man could link up with whoever the Road Warriors pick between the two amateur standouts a few months from now.
“Magandang balita rin yun pero hindi pa namin talaga iniisip,” Guiao said. “But that's also a good prospect na they have some familiarity between them.”
For now, Guiao believes it’s the young guns who will benefit with having the 33-year-old Quiñahan as their teammates.
“I think it’s going to be good for the three guys, including Kobe (Paras),” Guiao said. “JR is an excellent player to play with kasi the same way sa team namin, nung pumasok siya, stabilizer siya tsaka you learn a lot from his decision making, wala siyang nasasayang na effort pero very effective.”
The outspoken mentor said the “problem” with young players now is “they rely so much on their athleticism.”
“Si JR, ‘di naman athletic yan, pero he's as effective as the guys who are athletic,” Guiao said. “He's more of cerebral than athletic, and if you combine yung pagka-cerebral mo sa pagka-athletic nung tatlong bata, yun ang pinakamagandang combination.”
“Si JR, di na makukuha yung athleticism, pero yung tatlo pwede pang makuha nila kay JR yung pagka-cerebral,” he added. “That's why I think it's a valuable experience for the three guys. Si JR siguro, may matutunan man siya, hindi kasing dami nung matutunan nung mga bata from him.”