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Amsali admits nervousness as Rising Stars debut beckons

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Rhayyan Amsali is arguably the most high-profile among the first time players in Slam Rising Stars Classic.

The six-foot-four forward from NSNU was part of the Batang Gilas squads that played in the 2015 FIBA Asia U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 3x3 Championship.

However, despite already experiencing to play in the international stage, Amsali admitted to Dugout Philippines on Saturday that he is nervous about his first stint in the annual high school all-star game.

"Kinakabahan po ako, kasi pag sinabing Slam Rising Stars, mga magagaling na ang andito," said Amsali, who attended the press launch of the said match at the Ginzadon Restaurant inside Resorts World Manila.

But as he expects to take the responsibility that will be left behind by graduating star John Lloyd Clemente, Amsali will use Slam Rising Stars as an early gauge on how he will lead the way for the Bullpups next season.

"Iniimprove ko yung shooting and defense for this game," he continued.

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