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Tim Cone sees a 'future Arwind Santos' in Ginebra rookie Arvin Tolentino

by Reynald Magallon, March 01, 2020 11:29am

Ginebra rookie Arvin Tolentino drew some comparisons to the San Miguel Beer star forward Arwind Santos and it was no less than Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone who pointed that out.

Just like Santos, Tolentino was a product of the Far Eastern University. But similarities goes beyond that according to Cone. The winningest head coach in the league said Tolentino have the skills similar to the former PBA MVP.

"As for Arvin I just think he is uber talented.He has tremendous talent. He's just trying to figure out how to use it, how to use it in a concept of the team and how to use it consistently all the time," Cone commented.

"He plays a lot like Arwind Santos, he has those kinda skills that Arwind has, the instinct the skills. He just doesn't have the edge that Arwind has," Cone added.

If Tolentino can develop that 'edge', the Ginebra rookie could just be the second coming of the SMB star, according to Cone.

"if he ever develops that edge, that edge to take all comers at all times that Arwind does he could turn out to be another Arwind, he really could he's got that kind level of talent," Cone declared.

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ASide from the Tolentino, much are expected from the other Ginebra rookies Jerrick Balanza and Kent Salado.

"Jeric has been the one who really stands out and I think when the time that we have him he really stand out and the coaching staff really likes him. He plays both side of the floor," Cone said of the former Letran standout.

"We're still waiting for Kent Salado to be free. He won't be available until April 1 because he's still in contract with the MPBL so I think he can contribute we like his feistiness something that we were looking for," added Cone.

Cone also believed that the three rookies will be impactful to their team in the Philippine Cup especially there were some roles in the team they need to fill.

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The Grandslam coach also corrected the belief that he doesn't play rookies although he clarified that the rookies must first prove that they're deserving for the minutes on the floor.

"I think the rookies will have an impact this year on us. There's a lot of slots available and opening roles that they can fill out," said Cone.

"Everybody says I don't play rookies. Scottie was a rookie when I played him, Mike Cortez, Johnny Abarrientos, I played rookies through out my whole career but they got to prove. They got to prove it that they deserve to play and those guys did and these guys will be having the same opportunity." 

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