East West Private's (EWP) players spent their holidays learning from none other than 16-year NBA veteran Tracy McGrady during a session at Angels Basketball Club in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday (Manila Time).

/ 31 December 2020

“There are never enough hours in a day to be blessed and grateful for the priceless gifts of someone’s time and knowledge of the game and the industry. But even more important was the discussion around the game of life,” read EWP’s post.

Among the players present in the mentorship session is Filipino basketball sensation Kai Sotto who is preparing for his stint in the NBA G League.

During his series of scrimmages with Ignite, Sotto averaged 5.5 points on a combined 2-of-8 shooting from the field with 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

Also present is the 6-foot-4 swingman Sage Tolentino who suited up for Far Eastern University (FEU) and has been training abroad for the past few months.

Tolentino, on the other hand, committed to play for Auburn University in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

He was being eyed to be an addition to Gilas Pilipinas, however, the 7-foot-1 center was not able to obtain a Filipino passport when he turned 16 earlier this year.

Tolentino and Cholo Anonuevo both have offers from Tennessee State.

16-year-old EJ Kapihe, EWP’s newest recruit, is a Fil-Hawaiian prospect who played for Kamehameha Schools.

The EWP quartet was able to pick up valuable lessons from McGrady known also as ‘T-Mac’, one of the deadliest scorers in NBA history.

McGrady was a seven-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, Most Improved Player in 2001, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017. 

He was one of the few players who entered the league straight out of high school and was drafted as the ninth overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft.

After hanging up his jersey in 2013, McGrady worked as an analyst for ESPN.