JASPER Parker feels there is a lot of work to do to, but he has made tweaks to his game to suit the UAAP play and earn the approval of FEU coach Olsen Racela.
The former Southwestern University star was the lead guard in the endgame for the Tamaraws, as they fended off every comeback attempt by the National University Bulldogs.
The cat-quick guard scored six of his nine points at crunch time, helping FEU notch their third win in five games and earning raves from Racela and teammates.
“A lot of progression. Slowly adjusting, so it's a lot of different playing in Cesafi compared to playing here,” said Parker.
“A lot better competition, everybody can play, and it's not just some guys, everybody can play. It's good to compete and learn from the team too,” he added.
Not every player gets to play under Racela, one of the most revered point guards in the PBA, and Parker is not wasting the opportunity.
“It's great. He has lots to teach us. You can tell he's very experienced with his game. He definitely made a big impact in the PBA and I'm definitely taking advantage of anything he teaches me,” said Parker.
Parker admits he sometimes gets the ire of his head coach for his flashy plays, but is working hard to become a more disciplined player especially when running the point.
“Biggest lesson for me right now is playing disciplined. As a point guard, you have to execute really well,” Parker continued.
“One thing I know he doesn't like with me right now is my one-handed passes. I gotta work on that. He's a great PG, he's a great player,” he added.
The first few games have given the 5-foot-10 guard out of California a better understanding of the UAAP style of play, and he is confident he is getting there.
“I think the difference is these players are more talented compared to those in Cebu. Aggressiveness wise, it's a little more physical in Cebu, but you learn to adjust here. I think just playing with these guys, it's a test for me to see where I am as a player, what I need to improve on.”