Decorated San Beda Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez has played and coached against great talent. And in all honesty, he believes that Robert Bolick will be up there with the best of them.
During his first year as a pro with the Sta. Lucia Realtors, he saw how good Hector Calma was. Then he played against the likes of the Pumaren brothers Franz and Dindo.
As a coach, he has faced LA Tenorio and Jimmy Alapag.
Having handled the 6-foot-1 Bolick for the last two years, he has seen how the once-bench player for the De La Salle Green Archers blossomed into one of the best players in the collegiate game today.
“You have Jimmy, you have Tenorio, you have coach Franz, Hector Calma in the PBA – he will be one of them in the future,” shared Fernandez, a PBA champion coach, eight-time PBA D-League champion mentor, and four-time NCAA champion tactician.
“I won’t be winning championships without him.”
For the upcoming 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, Bolick is pegged to be in the top three together with Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. and CJ Perez. The reigning Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year is projected to be the third pick. Fernandez begs to differ.
“Sa totoo lang he will be one of the best point guards in the PBA someday.
“If somebody picks him in the top three, hopefully he’ll be first pick,” he opined. “He’s the best. He can play the pick and roll, he sees the floor really well. No offense to CJ, no offense to Rayray, Rayray played for me before [in NLEX], Rayray and CJ plays different positions.
“If somebody needs a point guard who can stabilize the team. Robert will be there. He will be one of the best,” he declared.