PBA: Veteran Aces rolling with young Antonio Campbell as import
Paul Lintag on Apr 13, 2018 09:49 AM
Alaska is rolling with the 23-year-old Antonio Campbell for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, and despite the age, the Aces like what they have in their import. (Photo courtesy of Ohio Athletics)
In their latest attempt to discover some of their lost magic, the Aces are turning to a young reinforcement in Antonio Campbell.
Alaska is rolling with the 23-year-old forward for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, and despite the age, the Aces like what they have in Campbell.
"Gusto ko yung skills niya (I like his skills)," head coach Alex Compton said of his import.
"Minsan may mga player na halata naman marunong (Sometimes there are players who obviously know the game). Ang tawag ko sa kanya, parang old soul (I call them like old soul). Those are guys that there's nothing really flashy but they know what to do," he added.
Further elaborating, Compton says that Campbell plays the way Ranidel De Ocampo plays.
"One of the guys who play that way is Ranidel who always knows what to do, where to go to read the defense and nothing’s like explosive, he’s just really smart," the Alaska mentor said.
A worry for Alaska though, is the fact that Campbell might take some time getting used to in the PBA.
The Philippines will be his first overseas stint after playing for the University of Ohio.
However, Compton is confident in Campbell, especially since the young forward has had the blessing of former Alaska great Sean Chambers.
"That’s one of the many blessings I have as the coach of Alaska is we get to have a guy like Sean as a resource, who’s just a winner, clearly a leader, a great communicator, and it’s an outside guy who sees some things and make some deposits. If we’re all together everyday and immersed in doing all the work, sometimes we miss a perspective," Compton said.
"So to have somebody to come in and give you that fresh eye, and honestly, most of it is stuff that we see but give us some idea as a fresh eye, and then to be able to tell our import, ‘Hey, this is what it is like in the Philippines. This is how the culture is, this is how the game is like, this is what will be expected of you.’ Those are the things that I’m just blessed Sean is a resource for us. He came out here to make those deposits in Tony and talk to him, guide him, share some things he saw with the coaching staff," he added.
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