ADAMSON coach Franz Pumaren sees similarities in the games of Falcons guard Nikko Paranada and his former player at La Salle in JVee Casio.
Pumaren gave his take on Paranada after the rookie out of San Diego finished with 14 points, three assists, and four steals for the Falcons in their 79-52 win over University of Santo Tomas.
“That's why I recruited him from San Diego because he has all the potential,” said Pumaren. “He has all the makings of being a very good player. In fact, my description is he is like JVee Casio.”
The 5-11 Paranada, who entered the game against UST scoring just one point this season, showed shades of Casio's shooting skills on Wednesday when he hit 2-of-4 from three-point range.
“Very unpredictable. You think he is slow but he is quick and he has a high basketball IQ. But he is still adjusting to college basketball and the Philippine type of basketball,” Pumaren said.
For his part, Paranada has long been aware of the Casio comparisons ever since he was recruited by Pumaren five months ago. He even searched for videos of Casio online.
“The first time I met coach Franz, that’s the first thing he said to me. I looked it up and ever since then, I tried to play like him and look up to him,” said Paranada.
Paranada, who played high school ball in Foothills Christian, also agreed with his coach in saying that he’s still finding his way in the Philippine style of play.
“I just got here five months ago. I’m just working hard, trying to adjust to how it is out here. As long as I play hard, the faster I’ll adjust,” he added.
But Paranada said he will give his best every time he is inserted in the game for Adamson, just like what he did on Wednesday.
“Coach put me in the game. I just want to make sure to take advantage of the playing time he is giving me. I just tried to help my team get a bucket and try to get stops,” said Paranada.