Codinera says Jalalon is already PBA-ready
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 30, 2015 11:48 AM
JUST PASSING THROUGH? Arellano coach Jerry Codinera said Jiovani Jalalon was ready for the PBA as early as last season.
Jiovani Jalalon is having for himself a star-making campaign in the 91st Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The Cagayan de Oro native is averaging 14 points, 10.8 assists, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.2 steals all while leading Arellano University to the top three of the standings at 4-2. Jalalon has had such a great season so far that head coach Jerry Codinera says that his prospects at snatching the MVP away from Scottie Thompson is an “attainable and doable” feat.
However, Codinera also shared that he is not at all surprised about what we are all witnessing from his court general especially after his stints in the PBA D-League and then with the Gilas cadets before the NCAA season began.
Jalalon was always bound to make a name for himself sooner than later and, as such, his college mentor revealed there was already interest from PBA teams even if he still had two years to play out – if that’s what he decides. “May mga kumakausap na dyan na mga professional team,” Codinera shared with ABS-CBN Sports.
The Arellano coach opted not to go into detail, but said that more than one PBA team is talking with Jalalon if he would be interested in joining the draft early. Asked how his prized ward would do in the pros, Codinera confidently answered, “Last year pa lang (Season 90), kayang-kaya na niyang mag-contribute.”
For his part, the Chiefs’ court general neither confirmed nor denied that there was already interest from PBA teams as he said, “No comment po muna ako dyan.”
Pressed about his thoughts on how his talent would translate in the PBA, whether joining early or after finishing his collegiate career, Jalalon humbly told ABS-CBN Sports, “Basta pagtratrabahuan ko.”
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