James Canlas is the future of San Beda basketball, says Boyet Fernandez
Danine Cruz on Aug 03, 2018 05:25 PM
San Beda is no short-sighted team.
San Beda University rookie James Canlas may still be struggling to flex his game in NCAA Season 94 but head coach Boyet Fernandez is in it for the long haul for the Fil-Canadian swingman.
"We'll be patient with him. Bata pa siya but he is the future of San Beda," said Fernandez.
With Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon playing their last season, the Red Lions are banking on Canlas to keep San Beda's winning tradition going.
"I have veteran players that will really help [James] improve and hopefully when those guys graduate, it will be the time of James."
Before their win versus Mapua, Friday afternoon, Canlas has only tallied an average of 4.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.3 assists.
But against the Cardinals he had a better showing with nine points, five rebounds and an assist - his best stat line this season. However, his nine markers came on a not so impressive 3-of-12 shooting clip.
Fernandez sees the silver lining in this.
"I think it's a matter of James being confident making those shots."
"James Canlas took so many shots but he missed, but come to think of it if he made that shots, I think yung 18 naming [lamang] magiging 20 or 22 eh. So again, he's just adjusting eh," reflected the mentor after San Beda cruised to its fourth straight win over Mapua.
Being considered as the heir of San Beda basketball is huge pressure for a rookie, but that foresight is what makes San Beda's long-winning tradition.