JALEN Green doesn't really know his name, but Tony Ynot can smirk knowing that he left an indelible impression on the 2018 Fiba Under-18 World Cup MVP.
The top-ranked US high school player admitted that the Misamis Occidental native was the one who caught his attention the most, all thanks to his ferocious defense when FilAm Sports USA met San Beda in the Fantastic Eight round of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals.
"I don’t even know his name. It was no. 15 on the last team we played," said Green of Ynot after being hailed as the Most Outstanding Player of the tourney.
"I think he’s probably the most impressive to me because he didn’t back down. He was staying with me on defense, he didn’t give up, talking trash. I think he impressed me the most."
Ynot's defining moment of the tournament came in the clutch against FilAm Sports USA, when he denied Green's undergoal stab and in turn, secured the win for San Beda to advance to the Fearless Four.
He went on and got hailed as the Best Defensive Player, proving that he indeed belongs with the elite of high school basketball despite being named as a replacement for the All-Star Game.
Through it all, though, the 17-year-old remains in disbelief with his sudden ascent.
"Hindi ko alam eh. Natatawa ako sa aking ginagawa. Hindi ako makapaniwala. Hindi ko naman inisip na aabot ako dito," said the Red Cub, who previously suited up for University of Southern Philippines Foundation in Cebu.
For Ynot, what matters most is that the NBTC tournament showed everyone a glimpse of how strong San Beda will be in the coming NCAA season.
And as much as Rhayyan Amsali remains as the focal point of the Red Cubs' revolution, Ynot will be there willing to do the dirty work.
"Malaki itong opportunity kasi next season, gagalingan pa rin namin para umabot kami sa Finals," he said.
And for sure, Green will remember his name from hereon after.