VON Pessumal is confident he can play his role well for the Gilas cadet squad in the 2016 Seaba Cup, especially since it's the same thing he's been known for his entire UAAP career.
The former Ateneo standout will be playing in the national team for the first time since his youth days after becoming part of the 12-man lineup for the Seaba tournament slated to begin on Sunday in Bangkok.
Pessumal finds himself in unfamiliar territory as he plays under the system of head coach Nash Racela centered around the dribble-drive offense with a core of Racela's former wards in FEU. But Pessumal said he's comfortable with the role personally set for him by Racela himself, which is to be the team's designated outside shooter.
“’Yung mga players sa team, either naglaro na last year sa national team or part ng FEU. They really know the system inside out. Ako ‘yung bago dito pero first day pa lang, sabi ni Coach Nash, they want me to shoot. Natuwa nga ako kasi if you ask me to shoot, I’ll shoot,” said Pessumal.
“Sakto ‘yung system sa akin. Sarap nga ng buhay ko kasi sa Ateneo, I have a leadership role as well as create and drive. Hindi lang outside shooting. Pero dito, I can live just by shooting from the outside and by me making and taking shots, I can help the team out,” he added.
The current Gilas cadet squad for the Seaba Cup is a different team from previous ones sent to Southeast Asian competitions, with Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin also admitting that this year’s roster is not the strongest cadet lineup in recent times.
For Pessumal, however, the squad is the most committed, which compensates for whatever the team may be lacking.
“Eto ‘yung pinaka-committed sa Seaba kasi maraming na-invite and some players didn’t go so ako, I’m more than happy to be a part of this. Gusto talaga nila sumama sa team,” said Pessumal.