TNT’s Cebuano wingman Roger Ray Pogoy has elevated his status as one of the league’s elite in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup, emerging as the tournament’s third leading scorer with an average of 24.2 points per game.
The Tropang Giga’s active consultant Mark Dickel says he isn’t surprised to see all this, given how much work the pride of Talisay City in Cebu has put in especially during the lengthy quarantine period.
“He’s done the work, he’s got his body right and he really wants to learn,” said Dickel in an appearance on the web show “Coaches Unfiltered.”
Dickel says seeing Pogoy have spectacular games like the 45-point explosion he had in the team’s season-opener is no longer a surprise to him.
“He’s just taking what the defense gives him. It’s not even a surprise when he has good games. I’m more shocked when they don’t. The guys we have on that team really want to be good. That’s what it’s all about,” the New Zealand-Australian coach said.
While the spotlight has been on Pogoy’s scoring outburst, Dickel says his ward can do so much more than just get buckets.
“Obviously, Roger’s playing at a high level right now and he’s earned that opportunity. I’m not going to say he’s going to get 40 every game but there’s no reason why he can’t have a good game every game,” shared Dickel.
“He can do much more than just score, you can play him off the ball, you can post him up, I think defensively, he’s getting better and better,” he added.
Dickel sees a bright future for the high school product of the University of Cebu especially on the international stage when he dons the Gilas Pilipinas jersey once again.
“I’m hoping in the next year or so, he’ll be a legitimate international player and then he can really take off,” said Dickel. (JNP)