PBA Draft: Abu Tratter says he is more than a big man
Danine Cruz on Dec 13, 2018 06:06 PM
Abu Tratter (middle) wants to be a two-way player. (Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau)
Concensus 2018 PBA Draft first round pick Abu Tratter is billed as the most promising big man in this year's batch of hopefuls. Despite the tag, Tratter bared that given his capabilities, he could be more than a towering presence.
"I think I could be versatile enough to be a guard and a big," he said during the second and last day of the PBA Draft Combine.
The 6-foot-6 former De La Salle Green Archer is one of the tallest players in this exceptionally guard-heavy batch. Given the advantage of being one of the few big men in this batch, he points out his athleticism as his main edge.
"One way I can separate myself from everybody else is my athleticism. Not a lot of bigs are as athletic and as mobile as me, another great thing is my potential to be a great player," said Tratter.
At this point, he shared that several teams have already showed interest in taking him in.
"Couple of teams [have talked to me] but whatever team is picking me up, hopefully I can make a greater impact," said Tratter.
Aside from his championship days in the UAAP, Tratter also had a solid experience as a Gilas cadet and a D-League stint for Marinerong Pilipino leading up to this year's Draft.
He thinks all those valuable experiences will help him be a two-dimensional player in the pros just like his PBA peg, Gabe Norwood.
"[I want to be] somebody like Gabe [Norwoord] where you can impact the game not only on offense but also on defense and also set the tone for the team," shared Tratter.
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