Former San Sebastian Stags forward Michael Calisaan will soon get his playing contract with the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok.
Calisaan was the 10th overall pick of the Hotshots during the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft. He was the main man of the Stags during their NCAA 94 campaign.
Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero was surprised that Calisaan was still available deep in the first round and after seeing that the big-man still in the pool, Victolero called his name.
“Hindi namin ini-expect na nandoon pa si Michael. Akala namin sa top six siya babagsak. Kaya masaya kami na nakuha namin siya,” said Victolero.
According to spin.ph, the team that won the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup already have a one-year offer sheet for him.
“Nag-uusap pa kami, but yes (papipirmahin),” said team manager Alvin Patrimonio. “Included siya sa direction ni coach (Chito Victolero).”
Calisaan is listed as 6-foot-4 but still needs to do more work in the gym to become a legit bruiser in the PBA.
“Kasi yun yung hinahanap talaga ng mga coach eh, kailangan marunong talagang dumepensa,” Calisaan said. “Sa PBA maraming marunong umopensa eh so defense talaga.”