Aris Dionisio debuted in Magnolia’s second game.
Sure, I made an earlier post wherein I listed down the initial outputs of the rookies. It would have been easier for me to write the former St. Clare star in that blog post but I am giving him a different kind of spotlight.
You see, I have been looking for the rookies that will stand out in this season.
Roosevelt Adams is a given and we may see a sudden uptick in the minutes of Maurice Shaw.
Without Marc Pingris though, Dionisio is going to be a key figure in how Magnolia does things.
In his debut, the Hotshots clawed up from 22 points down to beat the NLEX Road Warriors. Sure, Magnolia relied on their super backcourt comprised of Jio Jalalon, Chris Banchero, Mark Barroca, and Paul Lee but the former ninth pick of the PBA Draft made his case.
Dionisio tied Aaron Black – Meralco’s steal in the 2019 PBA Draft – for most points scored by a rookie with eight. Sure, this record can be easily eclipsed – but he also came away with four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in almost 22 minutes.
Moreover, Dionisio played a crucial role in Magnolia’s come from behind victory.
The thing about Magnolia is that while they have Ian Sangalang and Rafi Reavis, they still need a big man that could help ease the process for their guards. Dionisio has the tools to make it big – given how Magnolia’s system is.
I guess what I’m trying to say is... to watch out for Aris Dionisio.