Fil-Canadian Alonzo Tan has expressed his intentions of playing for the UP Fighting Maroons.
Tan, a 5'7 point guard who hails from Calgary, Alberta, made a mark playing for Bishop O'Byrne Catholic Sr. High School. He averaged 17 points on 50% shooting and 9.0 assists in his senior year.
Tan made a visit to the Philippines before a nationwide lockdown was imposed in March and impressed UP head coach Bo Perasol.
"Alonzo had been playing against pro and former pro players playing in their place in Canada. A lot of them were impressed with him and recommended him to us. He stayed for a couple of weeks with us early this year. He held his ground against the older guys," Perasol told ESPN5.com.
Tan said he was surprised to see the Fighting Maroons had a lot of height and size.
"When I got there, there were taller guys than usual. I'm used to it, it was just like a surprise to be honest, they were taller than I expected but competition was still good and it was a good experience," Tan said on the Game Na podcast on Monday.
Tan compared his playing style to NBA guard Isaiah Thomas, whose game relied on guile, speed, and scoring. He added that he can create for teammates and can also score when needed.
"As my game progressed, I watched a lot of Isaiah Thomas. The only difference between me and Isaiah Thomas, he likes to use his body. For me, I use my speed," said Tan.
"I would say I'm not really a pass first, but I look for my guys to score, for my teammates to get open so I'll get going so the team can get going. I wouldn't say I'm a ball hog, but I would say I like to shoot, I like to score. If I have to score, then I have to take the ball myself. If I have the opportunity I'm gonna make something happen."
Despite his lack of height, Tan assures that he plays with a lot of heart. "I've been playing my whole life to prove that I can play. You can be short but you can still make a difference."
Tan is just one of the Fighting Maroons' many recruits his year. Other UP commits include Xavier School center Miguel Tan, Fil-Australian big Ethan Kirkness, Gilas Pilipinas Youth cadet RC Calimag, fellow Fil-Canadian Anton Eusebio, and Fil-Am point guard Sam Dowd.