MANILA, Philippines —Ateneo rookie Chris Koon mentioned coach Tab Baldwin’s system continues to carry the very best out of him within the UAAP Season 84 males’s basketball event.
Koon performed his finest recreation as far as a Blue Eagle, scoring 9 factors off two triples and was plus-34 in Ateneo’s 78-47 rout of Adamson on Thursday at Mall of Asia Enviornment.
The Filipino-American winger out of Rolling Hills Prep in California mentioned he’s studying lots from Ateneo’s basketball program, which dominated the previous three UAAP seasons.
“It’s been good. I’ve been right here for nearly two years now however we simply began in January as a gaggle. I’ve been in a position to get lots higher with coach Tab’s system and being round these guys helped me lots on the subject of simply the type of play and the way completely different it’s,” mentioned Koon after taking pictures 3-of-5 on prime of 5 rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes and 51 seconds of play.
Baldwin praised his 6-foot-5 rookie, who confirmed a glimpse of his potential in serving to the defending champion keep undefeated in three video games forward of its rivalry battle towards fellow chief La Salle on Saturday.
“Chris performed nicely immediately and he did issues that we actually appreciated about Chris once we noticed him for the very first time again when he was in highschool, a younger fellow,” Baldwin mentioned. “Chris can do quite a lot of issues, he can shoot the ball, he can rebound the ball, he can defend, he handles the ball nicely for a much bigger participant. He actually is a guard in a 6-5 physique.”
Baldwin was glad that the 20-year-old is slowly getting used to the Blue Eagles’ tradition collectively along with his fellow newcomer Gab Gomez, who was additionally instrumental of their blowout win towards the Falcons earlier.
“Completely happy that Chris received a extremely good recreation underneath his belt. He’s nonetheless settling into the tradition, to the group, and quite a lot of these gamers. We maintain saying we haven’t had an extended buildup that we like. So it’s good to see Chris and Gab who’re new to the environment and have good video games immediately,” he mentioned.
Koon, who’s eligible for 5 taking part in years within the UAAP, is keen to maintain on enhancing as his journey with the Blue Eagles.
“For every recreation, we’re simply enhancing as a group and I can see that. I’m hoping, like coach mentioned, we take the whole lot with a grain of salt. Subsequent recreation’s up, that’s a very powerful factor to us,” he mentioned.
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