By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
August 1, 2013
MONTEREY PARK, California – The competition was bigger, stronger and more athletic but Fil-Am NBA hopeful Kris Rosales played fearless and efficiently in the more physical Summer Pro League.
“I think it’s good for me to be playing against bigger guys so whatever level I go to next I’ll be exposed to it,” said the Hope International University graduate.
Many young players play in the 2 week long Summer Pro League. Rosters are loaded with other NBA hopefuls, college players, retired pros and international players including Philippine National Team member Matt Ganuelas Rosser. The 2012 Jones Cup winner is using the variety of competition to improve his game.
“It’s good to come here and get my confidence back and keep getting better keep growing as a player,” said Rosser.
Rosales has been training primarily with advance NBA Scout and international coach Don Sellers but has also gotten help from Fil-Am College coach Leo Balayon.
A former player hailing from Davao, Bayalon took Japeth Aguilar under his wing during his attempt at the NBA last year. While he trained Rosales alongside Aguilar the past two years, some scouts and NBA coaches have had a chance to take a peek at the 22-year old point guard.
“For Jim Cleamons (former Los Angeles Lakers Assistant Coach) it’s his speed, strength even though he’s not really big, he’s a strong and quick guard so that’s something that stands out for a lot of coaches here in the United States,” explained Balayon.
As of now Rosales has no scheduled upcoming NBA tryouts. Later this summer he plans on participating in the NBA’s Develpmontal (D-League) camp.
From there he hopes to be one of the players drafted into the D-League this fall.
A Chinese team will sign him for a back up towel boy .
It’s nice to Kris Rosales, going for his dream to play in the NBA. Kris don’t let anyone tell you, That you can’t play in the NBA, if you work hard and don’t give-up, with a little luck you might make it in the NBA. I seem a player in the NBA, was only 5′ 7″ and he was one hell of NBA player, he’s retired from the NBA ! Kris don’t give-up. ” Hope to see you play in the NBA One Day”