Jayson Castro is the template for UST speedster Mark Nonoy
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 13, 2020 02:29 PM
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Mark Nonoy's speed is scary.
The go-go guard is the perfect spearhead for University of Sto. Tomas' run-and-gun game exactly because running and gunning are the two things he excels at.
Taking full advantage of his elite quickness, Nonoy has proven to be a primetime playmaker in just his first year.
At the same time, though, the UAAP 82 Rookie of the Year is well aware that this should just be the start.
For him to take the next step, he should learn how to stop just as much as he knows how to go. "Paano kung natanggal na yung speed? Hindi pwedeng wala ka nang ibang magagawa," he told sportswriter Cedelf Tupas in the Crossover Podcast a week ago.
He then continued, "Hindi pwedeng one-sided ka lang kaya yun yung ina-adjust ko ngayon."
To do just that, Nonoy is looking to another player who wields speed as his weapon - so much so that his moniker is actually "The Blur."
"Si Kuya Jayson, alam niya paano kumonta ng tiempo, paano ikontrol yung speed niya," he said, referring to TNT lead guard Jayson Castro. "Siya ang pinag-aaralan ko kasi 'di pwedeng puro lang bilis. Walang patutunguhan kung puro bilis lang."
Indeed, Castro has reined in his speed en route to six championships and five Best Player of the Conference awards.
That doesn't mean, however, that the longtime Gilas Pilipinas guard is no longer speedy - he just knows when to turn it on.
And that is what UST's speedster is hoping to do as well. "Talagang nanonood ako ng videos niya ngayon para matutunan ko yun," he said.
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