Jalen Green needs to know more about physicality, says NU coach

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 21, 2018 09:55 PM
Green needs to know more about physicality, says NU coach
Jalen Green felt each and every bit of Philippine basketball up against powerhouse NU

Jalen Green, the top sophomore in the US, made history on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

Scoring 51 points for FilAm Sports USA, in the quarterfinals of the 2018 National Basketball Training Center National Finals no less, he etched his name for the record of most points scored by a single player in the 11-year history of the league.

Even opposing head coach Goldwin Monteverde was left impressed by the six-foot-six swingman. “Magaling. Kumpleto (ang laro niya) – may drive, may three points,” he said after his boys in Nazareth School of National University were witnesses to history.

He then continued, “Siguro, pag lumakas pa ang katawan, mas gagaling (pa siya).”

Indeed, at just 16 years of age, Green has a lot more bulking up to do – not just bulking up, but also strengthening all the muscle mass that will come from doing so. “Kulang na kulang sa pisikal. Nagagalit nga kapag binabangga e,” Monteverde said.

The prized prospect was at the receiving end of several hard fouls from NU and was awarded 32 shots from the free throw line. He also experienced two unsportsmanlike fouls – one from Terrence Fortea and one from Gerry Abadiano.

Two days ago, Green said he preferred the Philippine brand of basketball – a brand of basketball that’s very physical.

He got just that from the Bullpups.

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