'Next Kobe Bryant' Fil-Am to showcase skills in NBTC Slam Dunk Contest
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 19, 2018 06:01 PM
Fil-Am Jalen Green will get the chance to open more eyes and drop more jaws in the NBTC All-Star
Jalen Green, the top-ranked sophomore in the USA, is living up to his billing in two games thus far in the 2018 National Basketball Training Center National League.
The 6-foot-6, 16-year-old has been showing his touch
Jalen Green can shoot it. pic.twitter.com/mQGZMykNwV— Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Marso 19, 2018
His finishing ability
Jalen Green can finish strong. pic.twitter.com/Sk6Az4C0cc— Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Marso 19, 2018
And his athleticism while playing for Fil-Am Sports USA.
And Jalen Green can oop the alley. pic.twitter.com/zrHMizSxVc— Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Marso 19, 2018
All those, combined with his length clearly shows where he takes inspiration for his game from. Asked about his NBA idol, he answered, “Kevin Durant for sure. He can shoot, dribble, get to the rim, everything.”
He then continued, “He’s one of the greatest in the game right now, that’s why he’s my role model.”
However, American media has been aligning Green to another NBA great. “Green has been compared to Kobe Bryant,” the Sacramento Bee said in its report.
Green, who has a full-blooded Filipino as great grandfather and who traces his roots in Ilocos Sur, is well aware of the hype he has already been getting as a sophomore. “(Being compared to) Kobe, I think it’s amazing. It’s a lot of weight on my shoulders, but it’s great,” he said.
Father Marcus Green also acknowledges that being compared to a surefire Hall of Famer is a burden, but also a challenge at the same time. “A lot of people misunderstand that it’s (not) Kobe Bryant the finished product, but Kobe Bryant in the 10th grade. He’s nowhere near there, but he works at it,” he shared.
He then continued, “Being one of the top kids in the country, it’s good, but he also knows he has to work hard.”
For now, Jalen is doing just that – both in the USA and here in his first time in the Philippines, playing in the 2018 NBTC Nationals.
Aside from seeing him play with Fil-Am Sports USA, his kababayans will also get to witness his tantalizing talent when he takes the floor alongside the best of the best the country has to offer in the NBTC All-Star Game on Friday. “This is an opportunity to show people what I’m made of. I gotta go out there and prove something every time I step on the court,” he said.
And for a more focused look at his jaw-dropping athleticism, we can all see him in the NBTC All-Star Dunk Contest.
There, we can expect things like this:
Of course, all of the action will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE via livestream and on a delayed basis on S+A and S+A HD.
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