A FORMER coach of Alvin Pasaol sees his former player back when he was still in Davao, that he'll excel in Manila now that he will be wearing the colors of University of the East.
Isaias Gravador, coach of Pasaol when he was playing for Goldstar in Davao, said the 21-year-old has what it takes to be a great player in Manila because of his attitude.
“Si Alvin, to sum it all up, is all heart,” said Gravador in an online interview with SPIN.ph.
Before moving to Manila to play for UE, Pasaol suited up for Holy Cross of Davao College and Goldstar Davao, one of the known teams in the city. He is now eligible to play for the Red Warriors after taking residency.
Pasaol has drawn attention recently due to his respectable play in offseason tournaments for UE, being one of the top scorers of the Red Warriors in their preseason games. On Thursday, Pasaol led the Red Warriors to a win over La Salle in the Milcu Got Skills preseason tournament by scoring 25 points.
Gravador attested that the 6-foot-3 Pasaol will be a big boost for UE come the UAAP, adding his scoring won’t be the only thing that he can give to the Red Warriors.
“It seems that he is everywhere on the court. Even if he doesn’t get the rebound, but you can see him there trying to get the rebound even if he is against taller and heftier players.
Gravador said Pasaol’s attitude on the court will be the biggest reason for him to succeed in the Manila collegiate wars.
“I think this is the reason why he will succeed there. You cannot teach will. His heart is just simply immeasurable. What he lacks in skills, he compensates it with his all-out style of play. Skills can be acquired anyway but what he has right now are some of the things that you cannot teach in basketball,” said Gravador.