PLAYING for a Philippine Basketball Association franchise known in league history for quality big men, Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok rookie Michael Calisaan said he is excited and challenged by the opportunity given to him to add his name to the distinguished list of names of frontcourt players to don the team’s colors.
Selected 10th overall by the Hotshots in last December’s PBA rookie draft, the former San Sebastian College standout said he is looking forward to show what he can do with Magnolia and hopefully establish a solid career with the team, much like Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codiñera, Kerby Raymundo, Marc Pingris and Ian Sangalang, among others, did in theirs.
“I’m excited to play for the team which is known for quality big men. I want to emulate them and hopefully achieve what they were able to accomplish. I’m eager to show what I am capable of doing and help the team win more championships,” said Mr. Calisaan, in the vernacular, in an interview with BusinessWorld during PBA Media Day early last month.
Mr. Calisaan, who was a physical and do-it-all player during his collegiate years with the Stags, went on to say that he feels he is ready to play in the pro league but nonetheless admits that he still needs to put in the much-needed work to fully adjust in the next level.
“I’m ready to play and take on the challenge in the PBA. The physicality I’m used to it since in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) that’s my style of play but I still need to toughen up because the PBA is a whole new level. I have to make the necessary adjustments,” said Pampanga native Calisaan, a cousin of teammate Sangalang.
Adding, “I going to give everything I have every time I step on the floor and prove that I deserve the trust and confidence they have given to me.”
Mr. Calisaan and the rest of the Hotshots make their PBA Philippine Cup debut this weekend, taking on the TNT KaTropa on Feb. 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena.