Isaac Go exceeded expectations of Coach Tab

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 22, 2019 08:52 AM
Isaac Go exceeded expectations of Coach Tab
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Isaac Go is a surefire top three pick in the oncoming 2019 PBA Draft.

That is quite a rise for a player once called "big, fat kid."

Back in 2016, Go was challenged by then first-year head coach Tab Baldwin to get fit.

"I told Isaac, 'You're not gonna eat rice anymore.' He said to me, 'But my mom will get upset with me if I don't eat rice,'" Coach Tab shared then. "And I told him, 'I'm already upset with you that you're telling me that."

Still, the 6-foot-7 did what his mentor had asked of him and, slowly but surely, began harnessing his potential.

And for Baldwin, seeing how far Go has come is nothing but a pleasant surprise. "I didn't expect a lot from George in the beginning. All I knew was he was intelligent," he said.

The now 23-year-old never stopped working, however, and little by little, opened the eyes of his American-Kiwi mentor. "He has respect from everybody on our team because he is a person who gives everything he has to give. We want more athleticism, we want more speed, we want more quickness, he tries," the latter shared.

He then continued, "He gives everything he's got."

The foundation of how Go did all that was his mind. "The one thing that we all depend on is his intellect, his basketball IQ, and his calmness under pressure," Coach Tab said.

And so, there may very well be yet another Blue Eagle going in the top three of the rookie selection process - a Blue Eagle who always tried his best to respond to whatever challenge put in front of him by Tab Baldwin.


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