Nambatac takes on a bigger challenge, applies for PBA Draft
Rey Nambatac is shooting for the stars and making his dream a reality.
One of the highly touted guards in the amateur ranks today, the 23-year-old has thrown his name to the pool as he joins the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.
“Ever since when I played basketball, it’s really my dream to make it to the PBA. And I think this year is my best chance to jump to the pros,” he said.
Nambatac has been averaging 16.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in his senior year as Letran continues to make a run to the Final Four late in NCAA Season 93.
The 6-foot guard knows how tough the competition is making it to the PBA, but he believes that he is more than ready to duke it out with the big boys after a stellar showing with the Knights and an equally respectable run with Racal in the PBA D-League.
“It’s a big challenge because when you talk about the draft, all the competitive players in the collegiate league are there,” he said. “But it’s not important for me when I’ll be picked, if it’s in the first round or the latter rounds. All I want is to be able to sign with a team and show how deserving I am for a contract.”
Though chances may be slim for aspirants like him, Nambatac is banking on his learnings in the amateur ranks to propel him to the PBA.
“My mantra has always been believe in yourself. Even though there are challenges, as long as you believe in yourself, you’ll be able to overcome them,” he said.