‘Plays like he’s 6-10’: Undersized import Khapri Alston impresses Columbian

first_img“That’s been my whole career since I started playing basketball when I was 13 years old. Playing the post position at my size I was always smaller but I’m from Chicago so we’re taught to not be afraid of anyone and play hard no matter who it is. The height, size, anything doesn’t matter.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption The 25-year-old Alston will make his PBA debut against Alaska when the season-ending conference opens on Friday but it’s not his first time playing overseas.Alston has played in England, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile before coming to the Philippines.The stocky Alston also has high praise for his teammates especially for CJ Perez, who is coming off an impressive showing with Gilas Pilipinas in his first World Cup stint.“He’s really great especially playing in the World Cup against great talent and different great teams. He was looking very good. I like his style of play, his energy, his motor,” Alston said of Perez.Facing taller competition is nothing new to Alston but rather a challenge he is more than willing to embrace.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ Saudis cut loose at rave-like event PLAY LIST 01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event01:09Trump: Don’t feel like I’m being impeached02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son “Alston really surprised me. He’s only 6-3 and a half but he plays like he’s 6-10,” Columbian head coach Johnedel Cardel said in Filipino. “He has a very high basketball IQ. He can get in the post and create something for his teammates.”Cardel isn’t just praising Alston based off his video highlights after already seeing what the former Midwestern State University slotman brings to the table in a pair of tuneup games against Rain or Shine and NorthPort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“He put up big numbers during our tune-up games and (NorthPort) coach Pido (Jarencio) even told me how impressed he was after seeing Alston play,” Cardel recalled.“He fits very well with us. I talked to the locals and all the locals like him and the way he plays. He’s very patient, quiet and very understanding. He doesn’t complain whether he has the ball or not. He just plays.” LATEST STORIEScenter_img LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Terrific 12: Fajardo, Cabagnot, Nabong out for San Miguel’s first game Columbian import Khapri Alston. Photo by Mark GiongcoMANILA, Philippines—At just 6-foot-3 and a half, Khapri Alston is the shortest among reinforcements in the coming PBA Governors’ Cup.But don’t let the Columbian Dyip import’s height be a distraction from what he can do on the court.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img