PBA DRAFT: Gilas Pilipinas is Abu Tratter's edge

Paul Lintag on Dec 15, 2018 03:21 PM
PBA DRAFT: Gilas Pilipinas is Abu Tratter's edge
Abu suited up for the national team against Australia back in February. In the game against the Boomers in Melbourne, the former La Salle big even managed to record his first pair of FIBA points.

Abu Tratter has one thing only one other 2018 PBA Draft applicant has.

And no, it's not only his size, making him the top big man prosprect in this year's showcase.

Tratter is one of only two from this current batch of PBA hopefuls that has actual Gilas Pilipinas experience. The other is Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

Abu suited up for the national team against Australia back in February. In the game against the Boomers in Melbourne, the former La Salle big even managed to record his first pair of FIBA points.

In the case of Parks, Ray Jr. was part of the Gilas team in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila.

His Gilas Pilipinas stint is definitely a huge factor personally says Tratter.

"Just learning from such veteran players like Gabe and June Mar, seeeing how professional they are, I think that's an edge already," Tratter said.

"Just knowing how to take care of your body, how to keep it professional, even from a local area to an international standpoint, I think it's an edge [Gilas experience]," he added.

While the Gilas stint is definitely a great help, it also happened about a full year ago.

In the time since, Tratter has worked on his other skills and he feels he's more than ready to make the jump to the PBA now.

"My ball handling and my inside presence. My body of course, I was making sure that I was staying healthy," Tratter said.

"I went home for a couple of months and just being able to train with some of my old coaches and eating healty, making sure that I was on a strict diet, it has helped. My offense is something that I've been working on and on defense, it's just keeping in good conditioning shape," he added.

 


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