Blackwater rookie Paul Desiderio is patiently honing his skills as he continues to struggle to find his offensive rhythm.
Desiderio has yet to show the form that made him a celebrated star at the University of the Philippines, but the fourth overall pick in the draft has received words of encouragement from Elite coach Bong Ramos.
Ramos said that Desiderio has what it takes to have a long pro career once he learns to play aggressively.
"Masaya kung ganun," Desiderio said when told of Ramos' comment. "Pero kailangan ko pa din mas sipagan pa para humaba career ko sa PBA. Gagawin ko kung anu man role ang ibigay sa akin."
The 21-year-old is averaging 5.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists through five games in his first conference in the league.
He showed some flashes of brilliance during team's losing stand against Phoenix by scoring a season-best 12 points.
Desiderio's offense remains a work in progress though as he continues to struggle with his shots. He is currently shooting 32 percent from the field.
Ramos has told Desiderio to keep on shooting, but for now the rookie is happy creating opportunities for his teammates.
"Laging sinasabi ni coach yun, pero ngayon, look for teammates muna ako," he said. "Sinasabi rin sa akin ni (teammate Mike Cortez) na kailangan kong mag-create, mag-setup ng teammates at mag-setup sa sarili ko." (JT)