MANILA, Philippines -- After seeing what Roosevelt Adams did for Go for Gold in the PBA D-League and for Mighty Sports in the William Jones Cup, Columbian Dyip's team governor cannot wait to see how he will perform for the Dyip.
Columbian selected Adams with the top overall pick in the regular draft last year, with the intent of pairing the 6-foot-5 guard with reigning Rookie of the Year CJ Perez.
"Lahat nagsasabi, ang galing," said Columbian Dyip governor Bobby Rosales, as quoted by the league website.
"All those who have seen him have only good words for him."
Adams starred for Go for Gold in the D-League, before joining a loaded Mighty Sports team for its run in the Jones Cup last year. While he was not the featured player for Mighty Sports -- the team also had Andray Blatche and Renaldo Balkman, after all -- Adams still contributed six points and over three rebounds per game.
Rosales said that according to their scouting, Adams is an all-around player who can contribute on both offense and defense.
That makes him remarkably similar to Perez, who led the PBA in scoring as a freshman with 20.8 points per game, while also earning All-Defensive team honors at the end of the season. He was also included in the Mythical Team.
Perez, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2018, was also a contender for Best Player of the Conference in the PBA Governors' Cup, but his candidacy was hurt by the Dyip's failure to make the playoffs.
Rosales believes that with Adams as his running mate, Perez and the Dyip can break through and qualify to the playoffs -- this, assuming that the PBA resumes its activities this year.
"Excited ako talagang makita siya in his PBA debut na na-delay ng COVID-19 pandemic," Rosales said.
The PBA held just one game this season before putting all of its activities on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Board of Governors and Commissioner Willie Marcial will wait until August before deciding on the fate of the 45th season.
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