Long-limbed, sweet-shooting Dave hoping to bust out of Ildefonso mold

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 29, 2016 03:36 PM
Long-limbed Dave hoping to bust out of Ildefonso mold
BREAK FREE. 17-year-old Dave Ildefonso is trekking a different path than his father and older brother.

Whenever Ateneo de Manila High School plays, one might see a glimpse of a certain Philippine basketball legend.

Number 10 on both sides of the jersey. Ildefonso on the upper part of the back.

Then the Ildefonso wearing number 10 spots up for a jumper or slashes right into the heart of the defense – and the realization comes that Dave does not play ball like his old man.

Armed with a deadly deep-range shot and deliberate ballhandling, the 17-year-old Blue Eagles spends as much time on the perimeter as his father did while making a living in the paint.

Now on his second-year with Ateneo, the younger Ildefonso is showing off anything and everything that his lengthy wingspan could cover.

A reserve with not that many minutes a year ago, the six-foot-three forward is making the most of his 31.1 minutes per game this year with averages of 12.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, three steals, and 1.8 blocks. “Naisip ko na naman since last season na aangat talaga yung role ko so pinaghandaan ko na talaga yun,” he expressed.

And of course, helping him take full advantage of his opportunity is father Danny. “Malaking pasasalamat ko sa tatay ko kasi siya nagturo sa aking maging versatile. Siyempre kina coach Joe (Silva) na rin,” he said.

Indeed, versatility was always the name of the game for the younger Ildefonso who, unlike his father and kuya Shaun, had more length than bulk. “Kaya nga since versatile ako, kahit anong role talaga, kayang-kaya ko. Makakatulong ako sa offense, pero sa defense talaga tingin ko difference ko since mahaba ako,” he said.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that he doesn’t have any Ildefonso moves in him, however. “Siyempre, naturuan pa rin ako ng tatay ko. Kaya ko pa rin naman sa loob,” he said.

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