MANILA, Philippines — Coming into his seventh yr within the PBA, Kevin Alas is within the stage of his profession the place he’s nonetheless thought of as one of many league’s younger stars whereas additionally getting the veteran remedy.
This considerably crossroads of a situation additionally introduced in additional duty for the 29-year-old as he’s additionally within the second yr of his captaincy with the Highway Warriors.
Alas stated that he all the time noticed himself as one of many younger weapons in his crew however now he’s the one liable for ensuring his crew is in test whereas additionally taking care of the rookies like third general choice Calvin Oftana.
“In fact it’s like a brand new feeling for me as a result of I’m used to being the youngest or one of many youthful ones within the crew,” stated Alas in Filipino. “However now I’ve greater obligations as one of many older gamers, I’m already in my sixth yr with NLEX, so I suppose I can take into account myself as a veteran.”
“Because the crew captain, I even have an even bigger duty.”
Alas stated that whereas he seems to be out for his crew, he additionally makes positive to speak with Oftana.
The previous Letran Knight sees numerous potential on the incoming freshman after a stellar last season that noticed the 6-foot-5 Oftana win the MVP award and make the NCAA finals.
“With Calvin, I’m all the time excited to see him in observe as a result of he’s a formidable participant,” stated Alas. “He’s an extended small ahead who may also play the 4 and his type of play suits in completely with the system of coach Yeng (Guiao). He can shoot, can dribble, and naturally, he’ll finally grow to be extra mature.”
“It’s a very good factor that he likes to hearken to coaches and to the veterans.”
Alas added that whereas he’s the captain of the crew, there are different veterans who assist in the management division.
Veterans Larry Fonacier and JR Quiñahan are vocal gamers and Gilas captain Kiefer Ravena can be there to pitch in.
“I don’t see myself as the one chief as a result of Kief, JR, and Larry are there additionally they usually’re pure leaders so we assist one another,” stated Alas. “However in fact I even have a task of being a task mannequin to the younger gamers, I’ve to set by instance and I can’t be lazy.”
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