Teng raring to follow dad's footsteps in PBA, hopes to team up with brother | Inquirer Sports

Teng raring to follow dad’s footsteps in PBA, hopes to team up with brother

/ 07:22 PM October 25, 2017

Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGES

Jeron Teng isn’t ruling out the possibility of teaming up or playing against brother Jeric as he enters the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.

“If it happens that we’re opponents or teammates, we’re just up for it. If ever that happens, It’s going to be another blessing for us,” he said.

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Coming off a triumphant run in La Salle, the younger Teng is expected to figure among the top players selected in the annual rookie proceedings.

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But his place on the draft board is the least of the 23-year-old’s concerns as his application for the pros  already allows him to realize his childhood dream of continuing his dad Alvin’s legacy.

“For me, it doesn’t matter when I’ll be picked. Ever since I started basketball, it’s always my dream to follow my father’s footsteps so I’m just really excited to enter the league. Any team will do as long as I’ll be given a chance to play in the PBA,” he said.

Teng is also hopeful that the scouts and coaches will take notice of his improved conditioning, noting that after graduating from his business management course, he really tried his earnest to be in his tip-top shape as he begins a new chapter in his basketball career.

“I hope they’ll be impressed with my fitness,” he said, after wrapping up his run in the 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine. “I’m taking my time with my conditioning and trying to learn everything I can. But I believe that I’m prepared physically and mentally. I worked hard preparing for this.”

As for his brother, Jeron is optimistic that Jeric, who is currently a free agent after ending his contract with Kia, will find a new squad just in time for the 43rd season.

He has one wish, though.

“I hope we can be teammates,” he said.

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