Ginebra coach Tim Cone on Scottie Thompson: 'He has the chance to be special'

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"He has a very pro game. He's very patient. He reads things extremely well and I think that's an uncommon ability," coach Tim Cone said of Scottie Thompson.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — New Barangay Ginebra San Miguel coach Tim Cone knew Scottie Thompson is a rare gem which was hard to pass up on in the 2015 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie Draft on Sunday (August 23).

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So, as much as his vaunted triangle system has big men as its cornerstones, selecting the reigning National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) MVP over slotman Norbert Torres with the fifth overall pick was an easy choice for Cone.

"I think Scottie has the chance to be special," said the winningest coach in the PBA.

"He has a very pro game. He's very patient. He reads things extremely well and I think that's an uncommon ability."

He added, "I'm a big man guy and I really wanted to pick Torres but I just felt Scottie might turn out to be special."

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Torres, incidentally, was plucked eighth overall by Cone's former team Star Hotshots.

But the American mentor said Thompson will have to focus first on his NCAA campaign with the Perpetual Help Altas.

"Right now his focus is on Perpetual and help the team win an NCAA championship," he said of his prized cager.

"We got guys who can fill his void. He has plenty of time to catch up. We're not looking for him to contribute immediately."