‘Tungcab can readily make an impact’

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    A COMPLETE player.

    That’s how University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol described his former ward, wingman Jaydee Tungcab, who is set to be chosen in the special Gilas Pilipinas draft.

    “That is a spot well-deserved for Jaydee. He has the skills, the talent, and the motivation to play his role to the hilt,” Perasol told Malaya-Business Insight.

    “(He’s) a very amiable and coachable guy. I wish him only the best,” he added.

    The 6-foot-3 Tungcab played for Adamson University in the UAAP juniors. He suited for the Soaring Falcons for two years before he moved to the Fighting Maroons.

    Tungcab also saw action for Batangas-Tanduay in the MPBL and played in the nationals’ 93-69 whipping of Thailand in the second window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in November last year.

    A Sta. Rosa, Laguna native, Tungcab was set to link up as an import for Koshigaya Alphas in the second division of the Japan B. League late last year but the deadly COVID-19 pandemic forced him to cancel his plans.

    Perasol said Tungcab can make an impact both on offense and defense.

    “He can play on both ends of the floor. With his long arms, he could shut down smaller guards,” Perasol said. “He is an efficient finisher, too, in an open court offensive situation.”

    Tungcab, 24, is among the four amateurs that will be picked in the special draft on March 14 likely to be held online due to the restrictions posed by the pandemic The three others are former Ateneo center William Navarro, former National University center Tzaddy Rangel, and Fil-Australian Jordan Heading.

    Fil-Am Joshua Munzon or Jamie Malonzo, also a Fil-Am, is 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 expected to be picked in the first round.