Meralco landed bona fide scorer Alvin Pasaol with the 9th overall selection in the recently concluded PBA Season 46 Rookie Draft.
Head coach Norman Black said that the Bolts, who faced countless of problems on the offensive end in the previous season, were lucky to have chanced upon the volume scorer when their turn to pick came in the opening round.
“We thought that he might go into the top eight. But we were hoping that somebody might pick a surprise pick and he might drop to number nine, we were hoping guys like (Ben) Adamos or (Larry) Muyang or somebody of that caliber would drop down,” recalled Black in an interview with ESPN5.com.
“James Laput was picked at the number eight slot by Terrafirma. So, it opened for us to get Alvin. We actually brought Alvin to practice. He worked out for us. So we were really hoping that he would drop one slot to the number nine slot. We were quite happy with our draft pick,” he added.
Black cited Pasaol’s knack for scoring in bundles as the primary reason for taking him in ahead of other blue-chip talents.
“He brings things to the table that you just don’t see everyday. The ability to give him the basketball and get out of the way and he has the ability to score. That doesn’t happen everyday with players,” said Black.
“A lot of people said that we should have been looking for a big guy, but our focus was really somebody who could score the basketball and we were hoping that Alvin could drop to us because he’s probably the best scorer in this draft,” he added.
The 25-year old Pasaol, who averaged 24.4 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.9 steals in his final UAAP season, is grateful for the opportunity to play under one of league’s best bench tacticians.
“I thank the Lord and Meralco for drafting me. I am so happy that I went to a Meralco team that is one of the best in the PBA. I am so grateful that I will be playing for a champion coach like coach Norman Black,” said the Davao del Norte native thru a text message.