MANILA, Philippines – It came as a surprise to many that former De La Salle University star Jeron Teng “dropped” to the fifth pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.
Expected to be the third name called after Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena, Teng instead watched as Blackwater selected Raymar Jose, and Phoenix took his La Salle teammate Jason Perkins, before the Alaska Aces eventually selected him.
Yet Teng has already made it clear that it does not matter to him at what point he is taken. Instead, he is already looking forward to suiting up for coach Alex Compton and the Aces.
“I’m the type of player to give my best on the court,” said Teng, a two-time Finals MVP in the UAAP. “You can expect me to hustle every time. I’ll do my best to prove myself in the PBA.”
In Teng, Alaska gets a proven scorer who can bend defenses with his relentless drives to the hoop. He has also expanded his range, and has shown that he can create for his teammates as well. The former King Archer should adjust well to Alaska’s fast-paced game and pressure defense, and should make a terrifying transition tandem with Calvin Abueva.
“Sobrang idol ko talaga si The Beast,” Teng said of Abueva. “I can’t wait to play with him.”
Compton said that it was “awesome” for Alaska to get a player like Teng in the draft. “It’s huge for us,” he adds.
“I think he’s shown that he’s a winner throughout the course of his career,” Compton said of Teng in an ESPN 5 interview. “He has the ability to change a game.”
“You watch his last conference in the D-League – he was getting triple-doubles and finding guys open and stuff,” he pointed out.
Thus, Compton is confident that Teng can be an immediate contributor to their team, given his skill set.
“He’s just unique,” the coach said. “Now, it’s up to us to put him in positions to help the team, and help him be successful.”
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