Alaska’s Calvin Abueva has always been known for his effort and energy that is matched by few other players in the league – but he has continuously been developing his game, making great strides as an outside shooter as well.
His coach, Alex Compton, attributed Abueva’s improvement to his time with the Philippine national men’s basketball team, where Compton also serves as one of the assistant coaches to Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin.
“We like what we’re seeing with Calvin becoming a good shooter, but we don’t want to remove the aggressiveness and the boundless of energy we see on him during practice and every game,” Compton told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.
“But I think his inclusion in the national team program has helped Calvin in becoming a better player and that has also benefited our team, Alaska.”
According to Compton, ‘The Beast’ was able to work on his shooting with international coach Drew Dunlop, a consultant for Tropang TNT last year who aided the development of the Alaska forward.
“He spent time with Drew last year and he has improved a lot. Before, the problem with Calvin when taking the outside shots is the consistency because he changes his shots and you can tell in his form. Now, because of the proper repetition in shooting, he’s been shooting more consistent,” Compton said.
The coach believes that if Abueva puts in the work, he can become one of the better shooters in the league, challenging the national team forward to follow in the example of his Gilas teammate Jayson Castro, who has blossomed into one of the best players in the FIBA Asia region.
“When Jayson Castro first played in the PBA, he didn’t have outside shooting, but through the years, he has improved his craft and he’s now one of the steadiest outside shooters in the PBA,” Compton said.
“I told Calvin, if Jayson Castro could become one of the best shooters in the PBA, why can’t you?” he added.(source: Interaksyon)