MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legend Allan “Their Triggerman” Caidic believes that young cagers can still improve on their shooting even if they have been playing for many years.
“I think there is still room to improve a player’s shooting touch even if he’s already a senior varsity player,” said Caidic, who will conduct a shooting camp at the Greenmeadows Subdivision in Quezon City beginning August 14.
Caidic cited his own experience on the road to becoming one of Philippine basketball’s greatest outside shooters.
“For instance, in my case, I became a shooter when I was already in college. In elementary and high school, I used to play center,” he said.
But he persevered to improve his shooting skills.
“I practiced every day, taking as many as 200 three-point shots, to develop this skill. Maybe, I had an inborn touch. But without the long hours of practice, I wouldn’t have been able to develop my shooting,” he added.
The four-Saturday basketball camp is specially designed to improve the shooting skills of players aged 10 to 18.
Caidic, the 1990 PBA Most Valuable Player, is expected to teach campers the finer points of shooting with accuracy, consistency and focus. The camp will accept up to 80 youths to assure personalized training.
Reli de Leon, the camp organizer, is confident that Caidic can bring out the best in the campers.
“As a shooting coach, Allan can make better shooters of high school players and even senior players who are 18 or below. The camp is open to anyone in the 10-18 age bracket, regardless of whether they play for a school or not,” he said in a report on The Philippine Star.
“In the NBA, there are shooting coaches like Chip Engelland, Craig Hodges and Dennis Scott. Allan is in their class,” added de Leon.
Caidic holds the PBA record of scoring 79 points in a single game. He achieved the feat on November 21, 1991. He was inducted in the PBA Hall of Fame Class of 2009.
The shooting clinic is sponsored by San Miguel Beer, Ginebra, Purefoods and Mr. Willie Ortiz of Sporteum Inc. Accel is the camp’s official outfitter. For inquiries, contact 0917-816-8675. – With reports from Marlon Bernardino and Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star