By BallersPinas Twitter: @ballerspinas
Manila, Philippines -- Fresh from an impressive win against the Perpetual Help Altas, thereby solidifying their grasp on the 4th and final slot of the NCAA Season 89 Final 4, San Sebastian Stags' Chief Tactician Coach Topex Robinson can't seem to hide his excitement and gladness, not only because they are halfway into the semis, but also because his former player, Ian Sangalang will soon fulfill his dream of making it to the PBA.
When asked about Ian Sangalang's impending entry in the PBA via the upcoming PBA Draft this November 3, the silent but commanding coach bared to BallersPinas that between Ginebra (with the number 1 overall pick) and San Mig (with the number 2 overall pick),he wants to see Sangalang play for the Coffee Mixers under Coach Tim Cone.
"Ahh. With Ian kasi, he's gonna be a priced catch. Kung sino man sa kanila. He is a coachable player. And, we know that Coach Tim is a disciplined coach. So, if I would be given a choice, I guess it would be San Mig. And, I know what coach Tim could produce out of Ian," declared Coach Topex.
"Sa Ginebra, ok din naman siya dun. It's the number one team in the country. And si Coach Ato, he's also handled him before in college and they won championships before. But the thing is, it's a run and gun team. Well, before, I was hoping na sana mapunta siya sa Alaska kaso malabo. But honestly, I really like him to play in a team that sets a lot play in the half-court. He is smart and he loves to learn a lot of set plays. I know his style of play. He will thrive in Coach Tim's system, the Triangle offense," added Coach Topex, who's also part of the Alaska Aces coaching staff.
BallersPinas also asked him about his take on the Ian Sangalang vs. Greg Slaughter debate.
"Ahh. I guess you always go with height. I know what Greg can do. I watched and we played against him and Ateneo in some of the pre-season games before. He's also matured already throughout his years in the college ranks. But, I think Ian is ready. Handa na siyang sumabak agad because of his innate talent. He can post-up and he can shoot perimeter jumpers," highlighted Coach Topex when we asked him about the 6'11-7'0 Greg Slaughter and the 6'6-6'7 Ian Sangalang.