Charles Rhodes sees himself as a ‘ferocious player’ for SMB

After watching San Miguel Beer bring home the Perpetual Trophy via its third straight title conquest of the Philippine Cup, incoming Beermen import Charles Rhodes vows to bring his ferocious plays to the PBA.

by Jason Mercene

Joining the Beermen’s victory party and fans day on Wednesday at Robinson’s Magnolia, the 6-foot-8 Rhodes said he’s ready to play and embrace his role with his team, hopeful he could help San Miguel win a second straight league title this season.

“I’m just a ferocious player,” said Rhodes. “I love contact. I’m just a passionate player. I play with passion.”

Rhodes is fresh from a stint with the Ulsan Mobis Phoebus in the Korean Basketball League recently where he averaged 23.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks—stats he intends to mirror with San Miguel.

“This is a place I always wanted to play in, so wherever I would’ve went to, I was going to give my hundred percent,” he shared. “I really love it out here, and I’m glad I’m a part of it right now.”

San Miguel coach Leo Austria doesn’t see Rhodes being a “newbie” import a disadvantage heading to the Commissioner’s Cup.

In fact, Austria likes the fact that the former Mississippi State University standout will come out more like a “mystery” player.

“As long as you have a good import, di naman (disadvantage),” said Austria. “The advantage lang ng datihang import, alam na nila yung larong Pinoy but ang disadvantage nun, alam namin sila kung paano maglaro. Di nila alam paano maglaro yung aming import.”

Known for his energy and defensive presence, Austria said Rhodes will form a menacing front court tandem with 3-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo, while veteran forward Arwind Santos can easily slide to the wing position.

“Alam niya na meron kaming JMF (Fajardo’s initials), magkakaroon kami ng twin towers then Arwind will slide down to 3 position para magkaroon kami ng big line-up,” he said.

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