by Brian Yalung
Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton is in town together with WNBA Legend Ticha Penicheiro, both here to join the coaching staff of the Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 in cooperation with Alaska. The two stars took time out to speak to media, covering various topics.
As far as the 20-year-old guard is concerned, Sexton was beseeched with different questions ranging from their new head coach (John Beilein) and the Cavaliers chances for next season. He revealed that before coming to the Philippines, he already had a chat with the new head coach and is looking forward to working with him when he gets back.
“Before coming over to the Philippines, I got the first time to talk to him before the lottery. I got to have a conversation with him and he is a great guy. I can’t wait for him to coach us and see what happens next year. We have some pretty high goals like making the playoffs so I can’t wait,” said Sexton.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton during an interview in the Philippines. (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)
The 6-foot-3 product out of the University of Alabama had a slow start in his rookie season. He admits that he too was affected by the transition period of the Cavs but is thankful that he was eventually able to adjust.
“The first part of the season, it was pretty tough. Our coach got fired, I was coming off the bench. I was adjusting. So I was trying to adjust, getting used to the NBA – coming in, it was pretty tough at first. But then once I picked it up, I was pretty good,” Sexton explained.
Curiously, it turns out that he recently worked out with the Philippines’ very own Kai Sotto last weekend. Sexton sees a lot of potential in the Batang Gilas standout and feels he can eventually be the first Filipino to make it to the NBA.
“I was just with him last Saturday. We just got up and down, we worked out together. That’s my guy,” said Sexton. “I feel like he can make it. He is 7-foot, he is a great player and he can shoot it. He is getting a lot better so when he comes back, you can all see,” said Sexton.