Jeron Teng will­ing to work on his min­utes

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Teng is em­brac­ing the op­por­tu­nity of play ing for a team with a fam­ily-like at­mos­phere af­ter he was selected as by Alaska in the first round of Sun­day's PBA Rookie Draft at Robin­sons Place Manila.

Alaska used the fifth over­all pick to draft Teng, who was pro­jected to the third best player in the draft af­ter Chris­tian Stand­hardinger and Kiefer Ravena but was by­passed by Black­wa­ter and Phoenix when they went with big men Ray­mar Jose and Ja­son Perkins, re­spec­tively.

Teng, nonethe­less, ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion over hear­ing his name be­ing called.

"It doesn't mat­ter for me," said the high­lytouted son of for­mer PBA cager Alvin Teng. "Sabi ko nga kahit anong pick ako, magig­ing happy ako. Ito ta­laga dream ko na mag-PBA ever since bata ako at ma­sun­dan ang foot­steps ng dad ko.

"Happy ako na na­punta ako sa team na ma­g­a­nda ang rep­u­ta­tion. La­hat nagsasabi sa akin na in Alaska, they treat play­ers as fam­ily, and I'm happy na mag­ing part ako ng fam­ily ng Alaska," Teng added.

Aces coach Alex Comp­ton feels they hit the jack­pot when Teng was still in the draft board.

"Com­ing into this draft about a month ago, I didn't think he was gonna be drop­ping to No. 5?" said Comp­ton. "I mean, I never thought since I saw Jeron in high school I thought this kid's gonna be one of those top picks, one of those 1-2-3 guys.

"He's got a re­ally unique game. He's a dif­fer­ent kind of player in a very good way. I think that gives him an abil­ity to re­ally change the game. Now of course, he's gonna be a rookie and it's not on his shoul­ders to carry us but I re­ally think he can change the game in an im­me­di­ate im­pact," added Comp­ton.

Teng, for his part, vows to put more work in hopes of meet­ing the high ex­pec­ta­tions.

"I'm up for the chal­lenge, pero alam ko na PBA level na to so I have to start from zero," he said. "I have to work for my min­utes if I have to. Gusto ko ta­laga i-prove sar­ili ko dito sa PBA and that's what I'll do." (JT)


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