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Fil-Am eyes PBA stint

Fil-Am guard Jawhar Purdy admits he is a playmaker at heart.

But the 23-year-old from Los Angeles, who will be applying in the PBA Draft later this month, says he can burn the hoops if tasked to do just that.

“I am a pass-first kind of player,” Purdy, who stands a shade under six feet, told a handful of scribes late one night at Jill’s, a cool hangout place in Taguig.

“But if you’ll ask me to score, I can score,” said Purdy, who played for Cal State-Stanislaus, an NCAA Division II school.

Purdy’s throwback style might not be mouth-watering, but his agent feels he has the X-factor.

“Jawhar is the type of player who looks after the team before himself,” said Niño Reyes, who also handles gunslinger Terrence Romeo.

Purdy, whose mother Fatima originally hails from Davao and whose father William is a former cameraman, has been staying in the country for a little over a year in the hopes of landing a spot in the PBA.

With his distinct attitude towards the game, Purdy and Reyes are optimistic the player will end up being called to the stage.

Once that happens, Purdy will be the happiest man in the world.