Highly-touted Fil-Canadian guard commits to San Beda
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 22, 2017 05:51 PM
RICH GET RICHER. A year from now, Alvin Florido (leftmost) and James Canlas (second from left) will help San Beda in making up for the impending exits of Robert Bolick and Davon Potts.
At the conclusion of the ongoing season, San Beda College will be losing both Robert Bolick and Davon Potts to graduation.
Just as they have done for a decade now, however, the Red Lions already have someone waiting in the wings.
Filipino-Canadian James Canlas, a six-foot-one guard, will be wearing the red and white next season. “I picked San Beda because it’s a winning school,” he told reporters.
The 18-year-old had several schools interested but ultimately went with the one which has won nine of the last 11 championships in the NCAA.
One school that had expressed interest in him even two years ago was then Eric Altamirano-led National University.
Asked about Canlas, the multi-titled mentor answered, “I remember him as a promising player. He is a guard that can attack the basket and has a decent outside shot.”
He then continued, “But what I like about him is he can rebound and has sound defensive skills.”
Indeed, the youngster from Toronto describes his game in the same way. As he put it, “I’m more of a slasher, but I can also shoot the ball and get my teammates involved.”
Also joining San Beda is 5-foot-10 Alvin Florido, Canlas’ longtime friend and fellow Fil-Canadian,
Like Canlas, Florido opted to go red and white because of the school’s winning tradition. “They are a winning program and that really attracted me,” he expressed.
A year from now, Canlas, Florido, and earlier commit Carlo Abadeza from Arellano High School will help bolster a lineup that will lose King Lion Bolick and scoring dynamo Potts.
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