PBA: Rookies Trevis Jackson and Bong Quinto expected to fill specific roles with Meralco
Santino Honasan on Jan 11, 2019 01:32 PM
"Both those guys are basketball players, they have good basketball sense and talent, so it’s going to be easy for me to fit them in." - Norman Black on Meralco rookies Trevis Jackson and Bong Quinto
Aside from finally coming into the Philippine Cup with a healthy lineup, the Meralco Bolts will also be banking on the contributions of their two selections in the 2018 PBA Draft.
Joining the squad for the 44th season of the PBA will be fifth-overall pick Trevis Jackson and 14th-overall pick Bong Quinto.
Right off the bat, Bolts head coach Norman Black had nothing but high praise for his two new wards.
"We picked up two good rookies, basically because they know how to play," Black told ABS-CBN Sports. "I don’t have to teach them how to play. Both those guys are basketball players, they have good basketball sense and talent, so it’s going to be easy for me to fit them in."
Black says that Jackson, a 5-foot-11 guard from Sacramento State who made a bit of noise in the PBA D-League, will be a nice addition to their already-deep backcourt that features the likes of Chris Newsome, Baser Amer, and Mike Tolomia.
Jackson, as Black explained, is expected to provide a high-energy scoring punch as the Bolts try to play faster this season.
"Trevis will be here to score the basketball and to push the pace and maybe give us eight to ten more possessions in the game because we’re running a much faster pace this year."
As for Quinto, the do-it-all former Letran Knight might find himself playing with bigger boys in the pro ranks, but Black expects him to remain a bruising force in the paint, especially against players his size.
"Bong is a great post-up player for his size, he’s just got extraordinary post-up skills. We plan on trying to use that offensively, because we don’t have very many small guys that can post-up that well, but he’s a high quality post-up player, he can post up just about anybody his size, so we’re planning on using him that way."