DON Trollano hopes to bring his new-found confidence to Adamson in the coming UAAP season after emerging as one of the offensive threats for Cagayan Valley in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.
The 22-year-old Trollano is proving his worth in the D-League by being one of the reliable players for the Rising Suns, having once exploded for 27 points – already high by the developmental league's standard.
A consistent double-figure scorer for the Rising Suns, Trollano’s output is a far cry from his stint with the Falcons in Season 76 of the UAAP when he only averaged 7.4 points in 14.5 minutes.
Adamson failed to make it in last season’s Final Four in what turned out to be coach Leo Austria's final season with the team.
The native of Laguna said the confidence being shown to him by the Rising Suns coaching staff has a lot to do with his reinvigorated game.
“Nabigyan ako ng kumpiyansa ng coaching staff kasi tumaas ‘yung playing time ko. Nagtiwala sila sa akin,” said Trollano, a pick of the Rising Suns in the first ever D-League Draft.
Even though not given a lot of minutes at Adamson, Trollano said he understood his situation as the Falcons still had veteran players in their roster last season under Austria.
“Sa Adamson, parang off-the-bench lang ako dahil kasi marami pang beterano. Ako naman, antay-antay lang din,” Trollano said.
With several Adamson stars exiting like Rodney Brondial and Roider Cabrera, Trollano is confident he can finally make an impact with the Faclons in Season 77 of the UAAP under new coach Kenneth Duremdes.
“Tingin ko, maganda na ‘yung ipapakita ko. Kasi kami na lang nila Jericho (Cruz) ang natira, marami na ang ga-graduate na veterans,” said Trollano.
“So far, maganda ang tinatakbo ng team. Two months na rin kami sa practice. More on transition kami,” said Trollano.