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Trillo expects Bates to do the ‘dirty work’

Meralco coach Luigi Trillo expects first-round rookie pick Brandon Bates to do the “dirty work” for the Bolts as he settles with the team and prepares for the PBA Season 48 set to open on November 5.

Selected eighth overall in the PBA draft last September, Bates has enough time to get into the team's system since skipping the Bolts' recent stint in the Doha International Basketball Tournament where they placed seventh in the eight-team field.

“He needs time to get in game shape. He just had sickness,” Trillo told The Manila Times on Saturday.

“Hard to get a big center. He will help us by doing the dirty work, rebounding, sealing, getting good screens,” he added.

Brandon Bates UAAP PHOTO

The Filipino-Aussie freshman will learn the ropes of the pro league under the guidance of veteran center Raymond Almazan, energetic forward Cliff Hodge and Kyle Pascual.

Trillo has high hopes that the 6-foot-8 Bates could eventually develop into a solid defender, that can guard some of the PBA's top big men.

“Hopefully “, he will develop to the point that he can also defend some of the good centers in the league.

He has to put in the work and we see that he has a good attitude. Still to early to tell but we like his upside,” explained the 2013 PBA Coach of the Year.

Before playing in the PBA 3×3 with Platinum Karaoke, Bates saw action for the Sutherland Sharks in NBL1 East last year, where he posted 3.8 points on 64-percent shooting, to go along with 3.9 rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

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