Paul Lee reminds fellow Tondo pride RK Ilagan to prioritize Baste

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 05, 2020 01:15 PM
Paul Lee reminds RK Ilagan to prioritize Baste
(Photos by Josh Albelda)

RK Ilagan is the deadliest gunner in all of college today.

The pint-sized point guard is a threat from anywhere and everywhere and can put all of San Sebastian College-Recoletos on his shoulders.

Now heading into his fifth and final year however, one dark cloud still hangs over his head.

"One week before ng NCAA, naglaro ako ng ligang-labas, pero 'di ko po alam nun na kapag napasa na yung requirements, bawal na po pala yun," he said in The Prospects Pod last Friday. "Nakakaapanghinayang po talaga yung time na yun kasi magpapa-draft na dapat si Michael Calisaan nun tapos, kumbaga, nasama ko po siya sa ilalim."

In NCAA 93, Ilagan was put under investigation by the league’s management committee for playing in a commercial league and was ultimately suspended for three games.

As per league rules, a player is not allowed to see action in any other league during the season without the permission of his school.

At the same time, the Golden Stags were forced to forfeit the two wins he had seen action in.

When the elimination round ended, Baste found itself on the outside looking into the playoff picture - and that's how Calisaan's collegiate career came to a close.

That cannot happen again - and it should not have even happened in the first place.

"Bawas-bawasan mo muna yung pagliligang-labas mo," Paul Lee told Ilagan later in the episode. "I mean, hindi naman masama kasi nanggaling din ako dun, pero nung last year ko sa UAAP, I stopped playing sa ligang labas so mas na-priority ko yung UE."

The two are both proud products of Tondo.

As such, Lee knows Ilagan full well - just as much as he knows ligang-labas full well.

And the former said that all that extra action makes it hard for a player to be at full strength. "Sobrang importante ng pahinga sa katawan. Kasi isipin mo, kunwari may laro ka ng umaga sa (PBA) D-League tapos may ligang-labas ka sa gabi," he shared.

He then continued, "For sure, alam mo naman anong oras natatapos yun so wala kang pahinga para kinabukasan."

As Ilagan enters his last year in college, though, the "Angas ng Tondo" reminded him to put his full focus on San Sebastian. As he put it, "Kung gusto mo talagang makamit yung dream mong maging player sa PBA, alamin mo yung priorities mo. Practice sa umaga, pahinga sa gabi, tapos marami pa rin namang pwedeng gawin like extra work."

He then continued, "Priorities lang. Yung ligang-labas, hindi mawawala yan. Minsan nga, kapag dumating ka na sa posisyon ko, sa posisyon ni Kiefer [Ravena], mag-jumpball ka lang, babayaran ka na e."

Sooner than later, Tondo may very send yet another great guard to the PBA - and Paul Lee is making sure that happens.

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