San Beda’s Evan Nelle: ‘I’m not a pushover anymore’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 14, 2017 07:29 PM
San Beda’s Evan Nelle: ‘I’m not a pushover anymore’
BRAWN. He needed to, and Evan Nelle has come through - no longer is he a wiry-thin guard.

Evan Nelle is now the young man at the steering wheel for San Beda High School

He is the latest in the dynastic Red Cubs’ long line of promising pointmen that counts the likes of legendary Ronnie Magsanoc as well as PBA stars LA Tenorio and Jvee Casio.

While his numbers in the most recent NCAA season weren’t eye-popping, his 10.1-point, 4.7-assist, and 3.7-rebound averages still show how in control he is on the court.

For an idea of what he can do, here’s his game-winner for San Beda against College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills:

 

 

Still, the 18-year-old is well aware that he could have more control by making sure he stands his ground wherever he is on the court. Talking about the drawbacks of his wiry-thin frame, he said, “Kapag binabangga ako dati, lumilipad ako. So I had to work on that.”

Work on that, he did and right after the NCAA season – an NCAA season where San Beda was dethroned and denied what-would-have-been a historic eight-peat – Nelle went to the weight room. “After NCAA, diba we lost. That’s when I realized I had to work on my body because I’m too thin and I’m not strong,” he said.

He then continued, “Siyempre, last year ko na rin so now, I do weights three times a week. Extra focus talaga sa weights.”

And so, from playing at this weight:

The sophomore sharpshooter now plays with this build:

Even with the bigger build, Nelle is confident he still has one of his best traits – his agility. “No, ‘di naman ako bumagal,” he expressed.

What the Red Cub is even more confident of is he can no longer be pushed around by anybody. As he put it, “I’m not a pushover anymore. Now, I can use my body to score, to defend, and to do even more things.”

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