Written by Carl Argarin
Inand Fornilos is the type of player that you would want to be part of your team, but you hate to go up against. His crazy athleticism and surprising strength made him a force to be reckoned with inside the court. But these abilities are not the only reason why he is considered as one of the elite high school players in the country.
Quiet and different. Those are two words that best describe Inand. Standing at 6’2″, he has the average height of a high school player that plays the two or three position. But for some reason, despite being surrounded with literal giants like Kai Sotto, Geo Chiu and Raven Cortez he is the one that stands out.
Despite being undersized, the athletic freak is one of the biggest reasons why they won the title on his rookie year in NCAA season 93. He also won the rookie of the year award that year averaging 12.8 points per game, 11.7 rebounds per game along with two blocks per game
In his sophomore year, his willingness to do the dirty work helped his team reach the finals for the second consecutive behind his consistent double-double performance throughout the season. His willingness to sacrifice for the team is what makes him a standout player.
People tend to overlook the fact that Inand chose to be a team player, letting his teammates shine with the more high-profile stats. If he chooses to, he can be the most dominant player in the league due to his freakish natural abilities.
His didn’t go unnoticed this year. He was named one of the elite high school players in the country who will play in the 2019 SLAM Rising Stars.
This was supposed to be the second time that he will play in the showcase but unfortunately he was not able to attend the first time that he was invited.
Inand is looking forward to learning from the elite company that he’s part of. He admitted that he’ll use this opportunity as well to study them.
“Syempre yung matuto sakanila, so pag aaralan ko. One of the best din sila e, parang scouting na din to e.”
He’s also looking to make up for his absence last year with a big game this year. Inand’s also has a natural competetiveness will shine in this year’s event. He admitted that he is after the win and not the individual awards.
“Everytime I’m in the court naman, I just want to win lang naman, no other plans, sa kanila na yang MVP, yang individual awards, gusto ko lang manalo,” he said.
“I’m always competitive.”
The SLAM Rising Stars Classic will be held on March 31, 7PM to 9PM, at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong. The game will be aired on ABS-CBN Sports via livestream.