Height not a disadvantage for 'small' rookie hopefuls
MANILA, Philippines – Some of the smallest players in the pool for the upcoming 2013 PBA Rookie Draft insist that their height is not a hindrance as they vowed to show team scouts that they have what it takes to play in the pro leagues.
Anjo Caram of San Beda College, LA Revilla of De La Salle University and Jeric Fortuna of the University of Santo Tomas were all at the Gatorade Hoops Center last Monday to undergo biometrics testing as part of the PBA Rookie Camp.
Caram, who stands at 5-foot-8, told PBA.ph that their height will not be a disadvantage.
“Mas mabilis kami, kaya ‘yun ‘yung gagamitin namin,” he pointed out. “Wala naman sa height ‘yan eh, sa puso pa rin 'yan para maglaro.”
Revilla, who also stands at 5-foot-8, agreed. “Wala naman sa akin ‘yun. Actually, nandito kami sa situation na parang surreal pa s’ya. I’m just happy to see everyone today,” he said.
Fortuna, who led UST to a Finals appearance in Season 75, also stands at 5-foot-8 but knows how to make up for his height.
“I’m looking forward sa opportunity to play in a brand new atmosphere,” said Fortuna, who also saw action with the San Miguel Beermen in the ASEAN Basketball League. “I’ll just play hard to compensate ‘yung disadvantage sa height.”
At least guard in the rookie draft, Filipino-American Justin Melton, showed off his ability during the biometrics testing. Measured at 5-foot-9 and 5/8 inches, he had a vertical leap of 11 feet and four inches.
Only big men Greg Slaughter and Isaac Holstein jumped higher, with their vertical leaps reaching 11 feet and six inches.
The PBA Rookie Draft will be held on November 3, with Barangay Ginebra expected to take Slaughter with the No. 1 pick.