Alex Nuyles doesn’t need to worry
August 12, 2012 by Sydrick Salazar
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Alex Nuyles will end his UAAP career with an injury.
The Adamson Soaring Falcons, already missing the services of players turned alums Lester Alvarez, Janus Lozada, Jan Colina, Jerick Canada, and foreigner Lionel Manyara will miss their ace scorer after injuring his shoulder.
This will leave Eric Camson, Rodney Brondial, Jericho Cruz, Roider Cabrera, and whoever is poised to receive the minutes left by Nuyles. They will probably struggle more since they already are struggling with the loss of their starters. I expect Leo Austria to juggle the players in that roster like a hot potato until he finds the proper player to beast up his starting unit.
So what’s next for Nuyles?
There are two avenues for Nuyles to decide on his next path if he wants to play in the PBA – ABL or the PBA D-League. The ABL can work for Nuyles as he is a shooting guard and the backcourt positions have worked well in the league (Leo Avenido is the most recent ABL MVP). Also, the level of competition in the ABL trumps the young turks and hopefuls of the D-League. If I’m going to choose, Nuyles can join the Air-Asia Philippine Patriots but I doubt if he’ll get playing time for the San Miguel Beermen. In the long run though, the Beermen can be a good team since they are known to take care of their rookies and with Mikee Romero owning a PBA franchise, who knows if he’ll ditch his ABL spot.
But the D-League is not a bad place to earn stripes as well as seen on Paul Lee and Allein Maliksi. Nuyles though will likely play for a team that’s not Freego Jeans. After playing the first two seasons in the Adamson-sponsored squad, Freego Jeans declined the invite to play for a third. Besides, the only Adamson players that played in the ABL’s third salvo are the players that have already graduated. Cebuano Lhuillier is one good team to sign on but playing for the talent-loaded NLEX team isn’t as bad as well.
Still though, I don’t know if Nuyles will heal in time for the start of the D-League’s fourth conference. If this happens, he’ll probably strut his wares in the ABL.
He just needs to find a team that will develop and exploit his skills since he needs to prove to the PBA scouts that he is a worthy find in the 2013 PBA Draft. Larry Fonacier had it worst when he joined the PBA in 2005 because there were little avenues for exposure since he had to heal his injuries and the only thing that’s working for him en route to the 2005 PBA Draft was his popularity.
As of this moment, Nuyles is a sure early second round pick regardless of the talent influx of the 2013 PBA Draft because of his past accomplishments. All he needs to do is pad his resume from here on out.