THIS early, teenager Reygen Dimaunahan is earning raves and drawing comparisons with top college players in the country after helping De La Salle Lipa win the NBTC Division 2 national championship.
“Parang si Pingoy maglaro,” said former Far Eastern University cager Russell Escoto, who was one of Dimaunahan’s coaches in the NBTC Division 2 All-Star Game when he played for Team Tolomia.
Escoto was referring to Jerie Pingoy, a high-scoring guard out of high school who now plays for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP.
Scouts feel the sky is the limit for Reygen, the nephew of former PBA cager Aries Dimaunahan who scored 30 points or more in a few of the DLSL Chevrons’ games in the NBTC national tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Sarap po maglaro sa MOA,” said the 16-year-old Reygen about his experience in the NBTC, which gave exposure to several high school talents across the land through its national tournament for Division 1 and 2 schools.
Escoto was on doubt impressed with Reygen after seeing the Grade 9 cager play for the first time.
“Sobrang galing. Matured na siya maglaro. Siguro ang concern ko lang sa kanya, dagdagan pa niya ‘yung defense niya,” said Escoto.
One of the schools that expressed interest in Reygen is Chiang Kai Shek College, which has one of the most successful high school programs in the country.
“Sabi ng Tito ko, Chiang Kai daw po,” said Reygen, who was non-committal if he will join the Blue Dragons.
Incidentally, Reygen’s uncle Aries was a former teammate of Chester Tolomia, whose brother Mike coached Reygen in the All-Star Game.
“Tinanong ko nga siya kasi ‘yung tito niya at kuya ko, naging teammates dati sa PBL. Magaling na bata. Sana mapagpatuloy niya,” said Mike.