SO great was Jordan Heading's experience back in the national youth team that he always dreamt of repping the country once again.
By joining San Miguel Alab Pilipinas for the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season, he finally gets to live that dream anew.
"It's always a dream of mine to represent the Philippines again and to be able to do it this early in my career in the regional league for a full season is just awesome," the 6-foot-2 Fil-Aussie winger said.
The 23-year-old Heading sets the bar high for himself in his Alab debut, but as much as he'd like to introduce himself to the public with this stint, all he's about is helping the squad reclaim the championship.
"I'm a no nonsense guy and I'm all about the right things. I just want to make a name for myself and learn from the guys who made names for themselves and just be as good of a player as I can be," he said. "But more than anything, I'm all about winning."
What's working in Heading's favor is the presence of an old friend in Andrei Caracut, who he once played with back during their Philippine youth team days.
The two were part of the J-Jay Alejandro-bannered team which placed fourth in the 2011 Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship in Nha Trang, Vietnam. The coach of that team was Olsen Racela.
"I enjoyed playing with him back in the Under-16 and I've been following what he's been doing at La Salle. He was a great captain over there and it's awesome to have him here," said Heading. "To see a familiar face and an old friend, it's fun."
It only bolsters his belief that this revamped Alab team is primed for great things this ABL season.
"I think we have a good chance. It's a great opportunity for myself and I'm excited to do it with these group of guys," he said.