Dyip coach excited for Roosevelt Adams-CJ Perez pairing

The Columbian Dyip may just have found the perfect guy to complement CJ Perez on the offensive end.

Head coach Johnedel Cardel said he is looking forward to Perez and rookie Roosevelt Adams teaming up in the upcoming new PBA season.

Adams, who played for Mighty Sports and Go for Gold in the D-League, turned heads during the Draft Combine with his shooting abilities. He capped the tournament with nine triples for Team SMC in an 87-79 win over PLDT team.

Before that, Adams suited up for College of Idaho where he averaged 8.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in 34 games in 2016-2017.

Cardel likened Adams, who emerged as the top pick in the regular draft, to TNT forward Troy Rosario.

"Roosevelt is a good guy, a talented guy.... He's like a JWash (Jay Washington) when he was still young. And I think he's gonna be the next Troy Rosario," Cardel said of Adams, whose skills will definitely come in handy for the team that failed to advance to the quarterfinals last season.

"He's a very good addition to the team who will help CJ."

Perez shared a similar sentiment. The incoming sophomore is thrilled to join forces with the new guys, including Aldrech Ramos, in the All-Filipino conference which unfolds in March.

Also bolstering the team that only made a single playoff appearance in franchise history were NCAA champion Letran's Christian Balagasay and Bonbon Batiller.

Balagasay and Batiller, who were instrumental in Letran's conquest of San Beda in the NCAA finals last year, inked two-year and one-year deals, respectively.

Balagasay could be eager to prove his worth after being selected 12th in the first round of the draft. Letran main man Jerrick Balanza and Batiller were picked in the second and third rounds, respectively.

Nonetheless, the young guns are thrilled to hope on the court to help turn things around for the Dyip.

"We are all excited for this conference. We're really preparing hard," Perez said in Filipino.

With the new additions, the team is hopeful it will barge into the playoffs this year.

"This All-Filipino, we have a big shot to get into the quarterfinals," Cardel said. "We have a pretty good team now. It's very deep. It's a different team this All-Filipino."

ESPN5's Lyn Olavario contributed to this report.