B-MEG coach Tim Cone and team manager Alvin Patrimonio both think the squad has found a gem of an import in Denzel Bowles.
A 22-year-old former college star at James Madison University, Bowles is only in his second tour of duty overseas, after playing earlier this season in Lithuania. But while both Cone and Patrimonio are thrilled by Bowles’ potential, they think there still is a lot of room for improvement for the young reinforcement.
“Denzel, he’s on the floor, and he’s a dominant guy, but we can’t have him on the floor for a very long time because of foul trouble,” said Cone after Bowles played limited minutes in B-MEG’s win over Barako Bull because of foul trouble.
“He’s so valuable in our team and we cannot afford to lose him. That’s something that he needs to learn that there are fouls that you don’t have to give up. He needs to improve on that as he gets along as well as his defense. That’s not only for himself but also when he pursues his NBA dream in the future.”
Patrimonio, meanwhile, said that Bowles could play with more fire.
“He needs to play aggressive,” said Patrimonio, who was known for his fiery competitiveness during his Hall of Fame PBA career.
“He has the potential to become a dominant import. He’s 22 years old, but he needs to work on his aggressiveness to show that he belongs in the PBA.”