Coming from a small school in the Golden State Athletic League, Kris Rosales was passed up in the NBA draft, but the Filipino-American is hard at work trying to get to the NBA still and has tried out for a number of teams this summer including the Brooklyn Nets.
“It feels pretty good. Not a lot of Filipinos have the chance to work out with NBA teams or have the opportunity to go to the NBA. So I feel pretty blessed I’m given this opportunity,” Rosales, who also worked out for the Clippers, Kings, and Raptors, told ABC-CBNNews.com.
“In Brooklyn I met Jason Kidd and Deron Williams in the weight room,” he said. “I was in the same weight room as him and I remember when I was in college I would have never thought that I’d be in the same weight room as Deron Williams, same room as Jason Kidd so it’s pretty amazing.”
The 6-foot guard shot 45.7 percent during his senior year and averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds on 31.8 minutes per game in 33 games at Hope International University. That was good enough to receive NAIA 2012-13 All-America First Team honors and he was named the GSAC Player of the Year.
Considering he wasn’t even able to make a NBA Summer League roster it seems unlikely that he’ll make the Nets roster or even be invited to training camp. Still, the more looks he gets the more likely he is to get drafted in the NBA Developmental League draft later on this year.
Here is a video of Rosales in action: