MAPUA coach Atoy Co commended returning Cardinal Josan Nimes and his efforts to embrace the system of team basketball as they prepare for the coming NCAA season.
Co said Nimes is starting to buy into his system of team play after the former NCAA Rookie of the Year took a one-year hiatus with the Cardinals.
“Slowly, he is embracing it,” Co said after the Cardinals' recent game in the Filoil preseason tournament. “Pero I think at the start, there is a little resentment kasi siyempre he has his own style. But I told him that he can do his own style on certain situations.”
All eyes will be on Nimes this year for Mapua after missing the entire 2013 season, Co’s first year as head coach of the Cardinals.
The 6-foot-3 Nimes is also expected to be Mapua’s go-to-guy this season since Kevin Ighalo, the team’s top scorer from last season, has already played out his eligibility years.
Co said there will also be times when Nimes will be given an opportunity to play his free-wheeling style.
“I’m not really telling him not to do his style. At times, we will want to give the ball to you and play one-on-one,” said Co, whose team finished the preseason tournament with a 1-5 win-loss slate.
“Everything is team concept. Team offense, team defense. There is no individual play,” said Co.