GIO Lasquety’s good understanding of actual basketball game has apparently caught the eye of Jose Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses.
“Even during the NCAA season kasama na namin ‘yan when we’re preparing our game plan sa loob ng coach’s room, every game, kasama namin siya nagpe-prepare,” said Meneses, referring to Lasquety.
Lasquety will handle the Bombers in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup which gets going next month.
At 23, Lasquety is set to become the youngest bench tactician in D-League.
“Magaling magbasa ’yung bata. Alam niya ’yung mga nangyayari sa loob ng court at kung ano gagawin ng kalaban,” Meneses said.
“Lagi niyang sinasabi, ‘Coach, ganito gagawin nito, ganito lang ginagawa niya,’ so marunong talaga.”
Lasquety has replaced Meneses whose new role will be JRU’s team manager.
“Kung titignan niyo, siya na ’yung nakalagay na head coach nung nagpasa kami ng lineup sa D-League,” said Meneses.
In a summer tournament, Meneses bared that he was already grooming Lasquety to become a coach, even naming him as a playing-assistant in his final season for the Bombers.
He became Meneses’ extension on the court as a do-it-all veteran guard, leading JRU to a semifinal finish this year after missing out on the Final Four in the previous season.
The team will be mainly composed of the Bombers’ roster from NCAA Season 93, led by incoming team captain Jed Mendoza.
Veterans Paolo Pontejos, Ervin Grospe, a 2017 PBA rookie draftee, Aaron Bordon and Abdul Sawat will backstop the team that also includes new recruits Cameroon’s 6-foot-8 Michael Mvogo, 6-foot-6 Jhumark Silvarez, 6-foot-5 Leonardo Esguerra and 6-foot-3 Marvy Ramos.