2020 PBA PH Cup: Roosevelt Adams tops early list of best rookies

After a slow start to the conference, TerraFirma Dyip rookie Roosevelt Adams is now getting into a groove and showing why he is made for the pros.

TerraFirma’s Roosevelt Adams is tallying 11.2 points this conference. (Photo from PBA.)

TerraFirma’s Roosevelt Adams is tallying 11.2 points this conference. (Photo from PBA.)

1. Roosevelt Adams, TerraFirma Dyip

2020 PBA PH Cup Averages: 11.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 42% 3-pt

After an abysmal 3-11 field goal clip during his PBA debut against TNT, Adams is slowly getting acclimated to TerraFirma’s system. Adams is coming off a 19-point outing against NorthPort, including five makes from the three-point line. His 6-foot-5 length as a perimeter player allows him to do much more than scoring. He is rebounding at a high rate, and has the tools to be solid defender.

2. Barkley Eboña, Alaska Aces

2020 PBA PH Cup Averages: 10.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 75% FG

Alaska’s Barkley Eboña is producing a stellar 75% field goal shooting clip. (Photo from PBA)

Alaska’s Barkley Eboña is producing a stellar 75% field goal shooting clip. (Photo from PBA)

Eboña’s sudden brilliance came out of nowhere. He was a non-factor during the Aces’ first three games, but a 24-point outing against Blackwater was his breaking-out moment. He followed it up with 18 points against Arwind Santos and San Miguel, showing off his strength and footwork in the post. The FEU product was always an athletic, mobile big man during his collegiate days, but it’s indeed surprising how quickly he is adding more skills to his arsenal.

3. Aaron Black, Meralco Bolts

2020 PBA PH Cup Averages: 8.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists

Meralco’s Aaron Black is becoming an all-around combo guard in the league. (Photo from PBA)

Meralco’s Aaron Black is becoming an all-around combo guard in the league. (Photo from PBA)

Even during his college stint with Ateneo, it seemed like Black isn’t exceptional at a single facet. Instead, he is a jack-of-all-trades player whose versatility is his trump card. Black is showing just that as he is facilitating the Bolts’ offense, while also putting up the occasional buckets. His best night so far was a 16-point performance in a hard-earned win against Paul Lee and Magnolia.

4. Adrian Wong, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

2020 PBA PH Cup Averages: 7.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists

Adrian Wong’s championship mettle will help Rain or Shine in the long run. (Photo from PBA)

Adrian Wong’s championship mettle will help Rain or Shine in the long run. (Photo from PBA)

Wong wasn’t the best player when he was still with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, but he was a key cog in their championship runs. He has good length for the shooting guard position, and has the potential to be an elite two-way stalwart in the pros. The hustle and energy he provides on both ends of the court have helped him earn immediate minutes for the Elasto Painters. His best game in the Clark bubble came in a 15-point night in Rain or Shine’s victory over NorthPort.

5. Arvin Tolentino, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel

2020 PBA PH Cup Averages: 6.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks

Rookie Arvin Tolentino has earned a starting spot in Ginebra. (Photo from PBA)

Rookie Arvin Tolentino has earned a starting spot in Ginebra. (Photo from PBA)

Tim Cone is usually very hesitant to give rookies a significant amount of playing time. Don’t forget that Cone only offered measly minutes to a rookie Scottie Thompson, no matter how talented he is. However, Tolentino didn’t just crack Ginebra’s rotation, but he has also made his way to the starting five. It just shows how Cone trusts his rookie forward, who has been very effective so far. Tolentino’s three-point shooting has translated to the pros, and he is also displaying much-improved instincts on the defensive end.

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