6-foot-5 Fil-Am rookie Tyrus Hill ready to soar with Falcons
Alvin Laqui on Sep 01, 2017 05:37 PM
SHOW YOURSELF. Adamson "Bounce Bros." Tyrus Hill and Sean Manganti will take anyone and everyone who stands before them to the skies!
One of the fresh faces over at San Marcelino may not look familiar, but an important facet of his game might be.
"Dunking-wise, yes, Zach LaVine, because he’s more of a glider, he just takes flight," Adamson's 6'5" recruit Tyrus Hill told ABS-CBN Sports.
"Maybe a little bit of Aaron Gordon maybe because of how high he jumps," he adds.
Hill had no trouble comparing himself to the current generation's best rim-rattlers as his high-flying exploits were in full display in the Soaring Falcons' preseason games - as well as in his social media.
Who's ready for UAAP season 80 😈 pic.twitter.com/i4OgIqHUIN— T Y R U S • H I L L (@Tyboi96) Pebrero 28, 2017
Acting as a sparkplug for coach Franz Pumaren, he's been busy practicing his high-wire act with fellow "Bounce Bro" Sean Manganti in their one-on-one slam dunk contests in pre-game warm-ups and practice. "Just nasty dunks. Like during our warm-ups we come up with a little show before the games," Hill recounts. "I do 360s, windmills, distance dunking, and of course, height dunking," he said.
The ultra-athletic Hill is nothing but hopeful that their "little show" pours onto the actual games as well. Asked about what he's raring to do this upcoming UAAP Season 80, Hill had two words: "Catching bodies."
Brimming with confidence, Hill adds, "Whoever's jumping with us is getting caught in the rim."
But the highlights are just a part of Hill's projected impact on the team.
As an ultra-athletic swingman, the Bay Area-native has the energy to help keep the Falcons soaring.
Paired with another tall high-flyer in Manganti, Hill is expecting to punish opposing teams on both ends of the floor with their electrifying style of play. "If one of us messes up, we have another back-up, he plays the same exact position and style."
He also had a baptism by fire of sorts, going through early ups-and-downs with Adamson.
"In Filoil (Preseason Tournament) we were 6-1, so close, but we couldn’t finish the job," Hill recalls.
But along with the Falcons, Hill has bounced back, just in time for the upcoming UAAP season as they’re getting ready to go toe-to-toe with their Season 79 tormentors - defending champion De La Salle University.
"With our team now, our team’s looking really nice this year. Back-to-back trophies, championships, in our preseasons, TIP, Father Martin," Hill says, recalling their titles from the EDQ Cup hosted by the Technological Institute of the Philippines and the 2017 Fr. Martin Cup.
"After that we’ve been working harder and harder so this season’s gonna be good for us."
"We’re all ready," Hill adds.
Hill debuts for Adamson on September 9 when they take on Ateneo. All of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream.
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