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Tratter downplays being touted as best available big in guard-laden PBA Draft

Abu Tratter thinks him being the best big in this year's draft is "just all noise". Denver Lachica (file photo)
 By Ivan Saldajeno

MANDALUYONG--At six-foot-seven with length, a vital role in La Salle's last UAAP championship in 2016, a spot in the Gilas Cadets pool for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, and even some time playing with the current national team pool, there is no question Abu Tratter is the best big man in this year's PBA draft class, which is full of guards and wingmen.

But Tratter, in an interview during the first day of the PBA Draft Combine at the Gatorade Hoops Center on Wednesday, downplayed being called as such.

"I think it’s all noise," said Tratter. "When it all boils down to it, once you step on that court, all that stuff doesn’t mean anything."

A projected early first rounder, Tratter will be pitted against the league's best bigs, Junemar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, and Japeth Aguilar, and Tratter wants to charge the opportunity to his experience.

"I’d personally want to improve every day," he continued.

However, he has one goal in mind: "I want to be the best two-way player in the PBA–to be able to stop their best player and to be able to score on offense."

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