It took quite some time, but Jerrick Ahanmisi is slowly showing why he is one of the top picks in the recent PBA Draft.
Ahanmisi scored in double digits for the second time in the last three games as he fired 12 points to help Magnolia bounce back from its first loss in the PBA Philippine Cup with a 94-78 win on Friday, September 3.
The former Adamson Soaring Falcon shot 3-of-8 from three-point distance and added 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 24 minutes off the bench.
“We expect that from Jerrick. We expect his contribution. I’m happy that he is getting out of his box,” Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero said in a mix of Filipino and English.
Drafted 10th overall, Ahanmisi struggled to live up to expectations early in the conference.
Ahanmisi scored just a total of 3 points in his first three games combined and sank just one of his 10 three-pointers.
But Ahanmisi eventually found his groove, dropping 15 points in a 105-83 mauling of Terrafirma last July 30.
Over the last three games, the younger brother of Alaska veteran Maverick Ahanmisi averaged 10.7 points and sank 8 of his 20 triples.
“His attitude and the extra work he puts in practice are paying dividends,” Victolero said.
“I think he will continue to build up his confidence with the guidance of our guards, especially Paul (Lee) and Mark (Barroca).”
The next step now for Ahanmisi, Victolero said, is to develop him into a pesky two-way player, just like the rest of his guards.
“We want him to play defense and we want him to shoot the ball so we can spread the floor,” Victolero said. – Rappler.com