PBA: Finally, Columbian has a point guard to drive the Dyip
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 07, 2019 03:03 PM
Donít be surprised if rookie point guard JP Calvo is Columbianís starter on opening day
Columbian’s first overall pick in the 2018 PBA Draft was a no-brainer – of course, they were going with former NCAA MVP and do-it-all swingman CJ Perez.
However, the Dyip’s second selection in the first round took just about everybody by surprise as they went with pint-sized playmaker JP Calvo.
This, with the likes of more heralded Colegio de San Juan de Letran teammate Bong Quinto still on the board.
For head coach Johnedel Cardel, though, Calvo’s drafting was a no-brainer as well. “Alam ko kung anong kulang sa team. I have all the scorers so what I need is the one pure point guard who can carry the team,” he said.
He then continued, “Kelangan ko yung nag-iisip kung paano ma-run yung team. That’s Calvo.”
And in his first game for Columbian, tuneup as it was, the former court general of the Knights wasted no time proving his worth.
He scored six points all while spearheading the attack that also allowed teammates such as Perez to shine as they routed Northport, 97-83, at The Hardcourt on Monday. “Calvo nga is a pure point guard so I give all the confidence to him. Sabi ko nga sa kanya, point guard is the problem of the team before,” coach Johnedel said.
He then continued, “Walang problema if you’re small, basta you have a big heart.”
Indeed, there’s reason for the Dyip to hope that Calvo is the pure point guard they have been missing ever since the days of LA Revilla and Nico Elorde.
With the 11th overall pick in the fold, natural off-guards Rashawn Mccarthy and Jerramy King, and even Perez, will no longer be forced to play the point.
Even better, Calvo is nothing but ready and raring to take his place as Columbian’s starting point guard. “Ako naman, ready ako lagi. Gagawin ko lang talaga yung best ko para makatulong sa team,” he said.
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