ESCALANTE City-native James ‘King James’ Yap is excited to take the hard court with his new team –Raine or Shine (ROS) Elasto Painters, when the PBA’s 2016-2017 Season unfolds this November 20.
Yap in an interview, told Watchmen Daily Journal that he felt happy with his new club, adding, that playing with fellow Negrense Jeff ‘Negros Sniper’ Chan will be a great experience. “I just felt proud to play with a fellow Negrense.”
Yap also stressed that adjustments playing with ROS guys aren’t really that hard because they have the like of Ronnie Matias and Jewel Ponferada who are his teammates when he was still with Star Hotshots. “What made the difference is really the system. ROS has a different style of play which I think made it a tough side in the PBA,” said the 2-time Most Valuable Player.
When ask if he can bring huge impact in the team, Yap downplays those expectations saying “I just play my game and follow what coach Caloy (Garcia) tells me to do. I’m not here to ruin anyone’s game but, to help the team win matches,” he added. “This is my new club and I will play my best game.”
Yap averages 11.9 points per game last season while shooting only30% from beyond the arc including 3 boards and 2 assists in 29 games.
Meanwhile, Yap gave some advises to young basketball aspirants to stay disciplined, maintain the hard work, and study – both in academics and the sports itself. “Basketball now is tough. No easy win. You have to work for it. And, if you fail, don’t give up,” he said.
Yap started his career at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School before he transferred to Iloilo Central Commercial High School to finish his secondary education, while finished college at the University of the East.*