Melecio hopes he can truly become next ‘Ant-man’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 01, 2016 08:23 PM
THAT'S THE HOPE. Aldin Ayo believes that Aljun Melecio has what it takes to do in DLSU what Mark Cruz did in Letran.
Once Aldin Ayo finally unveils his version of the De La Salle University Green Archers, he said that everyone should expect the same mayhem his former team utilized all the way to a championship.
While Ayo’s non-stop pressure defense indeed served as the backbone for Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s title run, they were also propped up by the big-time basket-making of diminutive Mark Cruz. When the Knights found their offense stalling, they knew they had “Ant-man” to rescue them.
Now in Taft Avenue, the NCAA champion will no longer have the clutch hands of Cruz. Instead, expected to do the heavy lifting will be battle-hardened warriors like Prince Rivero, Jeron Teng, and Thomas Torres.
Along with those veterans, DLSU’s new mentor also has high hopes for someone who is yet to get a first taste of collegiate action: scoring dynamo Aljun Melecio. As he put it, “Aljun is almost the same as Mark – mas malaki lang katawan.”
The recruit from De La Salle Zobel has a couple of 40-point outings in the ongoing Juniors season to give credibility to his future coach’s claim. Still, the MVP frontrunner is not guaranteeing anything just yet in saying, “That’s a very big challenge for me lalo na ma-compare kay Mark Cruz. We all kno how good Mark Cruz is so I think I have to work more on my game.”
He then continued, “Hindi ko pa masasabing ako na yung magiging bagong ‘Ant-man’ kasi ibang level na yung college. Pero, hopefully.”
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