YOU can’t teach height.
Former National University coach Jamike Jarin is convinced unheralded big man Tzaddy Rangel, set to be tabbed in the special Gilas Pilipinas draft, has what it takes.
“I’m just super happy for Tzaddy (Rangel). Being included in the Gilas program is a tremendous blessing for a kid who works really hard. Tzaddy will be mentored by great coaches headed by coach Tab (Baldwin),” Jarin told Malaya-Business Insight.
“He will definitely get better and he will be equipped with international experience which will make him a force to reckon with not only in the PBA but also for international competitions,” he added.
Never mind that the 6-foot-7 Rangel, who played for Jarin as a Bulldog, is under the radar.
Jarin, also a deputy tactician to coach Topex Robinson at Phoenix in the PBA, maintained Rangel has the height and work ethics to shine with Gilas.
“Honestly, I had a good feeling that he will be included because he’s tall. He’s a physical player and he understands his role in any system,” Jarin said.
“He’s got great attitude and I’m confident that he’ll have a good and long career in the PBA.”
Rangel, 24, is among the four amateurs that will be picked in the special draft on March 14 along with former Ateneo center William Navarro, former University of the Philippines wingman Jaydee Tungcab, and Fil-Australian Jordan Heading.
He also suited up for Alab Pilipinas in the ABL.
Fil-Ams Joshua Munzon and Jamie Malonzo are projected to be the No. 1 pick overall.
The likes of Jason Brickman, Mikey Williams, Jeremiah Gray, Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, Leonard Santillan, Alvin Pasaol, Franky Johnson, Ben Adamos, and Larry Muyang are also expected to be picked in the first round.
In 2019, five players led by Isaac Go (Terrafirma), Rey Suerte (Blackwater), Matt Nieto (NLEX), Allyn Bulanadi (Alaska), and Mike Nieto (Rain or Shine) were selected in the special draft. They have yet