FANCY guard Eloy Poligrates has drawn a lot of interest from among PBA teams, bolstering the Cebuano hotshot's hopes of making it to Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.
The 26-year-old Café France stalwart is not overly optimistic that he will be picked high in the rookie draft set on November 3, but vowed to work hard on improving his game in able to earn a spot and fulfill his dream of making it to the big league.
“Sabi-sabi lang naman ‘yun (na ma-da-draft ako), pero sana nga matanggap ako sa PBA kasi pangarap ko talaga mag-PBA,” said Poligrates shortly after the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup opening game between the Bakers and his former team Cagayan Valley last Thursday.
“Kailangan ko pa rin mag-focus at magpa-kundisyon. Sana magustuhan ako ng mga coach,” he added.
Poligrates admitted he has been approached by some teams in the pro league.
“Nagpunta ako ng Alaska tapos sinabihan din ako ng Ginebra. Yun nagpunta dito kanina,” said Poligrates, referring to no less than San Miguel head of basketball operations and outgoing PBA chairman Robert Non.
“Kahit saan naman, basta makapunta ako sa PBA, masaya na ako,” said Poligrates.
The six-foot lefty guard is known down south for his fancy dribbling, but rabid Cebuano cage fans believe Poligrates is definitely PBA material despite his tendency to showboat at times.
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The former Southwestern University player admitted he still has a lot to improve on even after playing for two conferences with Cagayan Valley, before hooking up with Café France this conference in the D-League.
“Lahat-lahat siguro, depensa, ‘yung pagiging decision maker ko, ‘yung pagdadala sa team. Siyempre kailangan mag-practice talaga,” he said.
Being familiar with the Cebu brand of basketball, Poligrates is certain he can take the physicality in the pro league if and when he is signed up by any PBA team.
“Okay lang sa akin ‘yung pisikalan. Hindi naman ako natatakot. Kasi basketball lang naman ‘yan. Walang namamatay sa basketball. Pisikal lang,” said Poligrates.