SLAM Rising Stars 2017: Team Hype’s Rhayyan Amsali

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Position Played: Forward

Years Remaining: 2

Combine stats: 6’4”, 242 lbs.

UAAP S79 averages: 23.4 minutes, 10.1 points (45.7% FG), 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals

Most memorable game this season: Rhayyan cited Game 2 of the Finals as his most memorable game. That game is notable as being the loss that dethroned the NU Bullpups as champions, so why does Amsali have it as the most memorable? Because it stung so much for Rhayyan and his teammates to lose that one, as it ended their dream to go back-to-back.

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When you first see Amsali, you’d probably think he was already college-bound. In fact, he’s just 15-years-old, with two years of eligibility remaining. But that’s just the way he’s built. Not only is he tall, he has the frame of a tank.

Other than his strong fame, what also makes Amsali so special is how advanced his skill-set is for his age. He’s a capable playmaker, as early as now, setting up not just himself, but his teammates as well. He’s able to do this either on the low block, or from the top of the key. It’s this kind of versatility that makes him such a deadly weapon.

As talented as he is right now, Amsali acknowledges that he still has to work on his jumper, and to exert equal effort on both offense and defense. When he figures that out, he’ll be able to make a huge splash when he does move up to the seniors division.

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