Gauging his talents alongside his peers, Kyles Lao believes that he has already made a good account of himself in the two-day 2018 PBA Gatorade Draft Combine.
“It was nice to see the immense level of talent in this class. And I think I was able to hold my own naman.”
Lao showed that he’s one of the most intelligent prospects in this group, making the top five in the reaction tests. He made 83.33-percent of his hits during the biometrics phase of the Combine.
However, data can only speak so much on one’s talent. Still, the former Xavier standout did show glimpses of what he can do once he played in the Combine’s mini-tournament.
The former UAAP Rookie of the Year did not shy away from the spotlight in the scrimmages, helping his team finish runner-up to the JP Calvo and CJ Isit-led squad in the Finals.
Lao even uncorked 20 points in the semifinals against a team led by Robert Bolick. He showed off his fearless slashing and stupendous sniping, which has hopefully turned the heads of some of the coaches.
“Si Kyles Lao, maganda ang nilalaro niya since Wednesday,” remarked San Miguel coach Leo Austria.
For his part, Lao is simply hoping for the best ahead of the PBA Rookie Draft at Robinson’s Midtown in Ermita, Manila.
“Tingin ko naman naipakita ko na lahat ng kaya ko. Sana makuha.”