PBA will have to wait once more for Alvin Pasaol.
The 24-year-old forward shared that he has decided to forego the chance to enter the pro league once again, turning his focus on the country's quest of making it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics through 3x3 basketball.
"Di ako magpapa-draft this year. Itutuloy ko yung campaign ko na sinimulan ko for 3x3," he said after being named as the Tournament MVP in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Magiting Cup.
It was the second time that Pasaol will pass up the opportunity to jump to the PBA, especially with many scouts deeming the 6-foot-3 forward a surefire first-round pick.
But the Davao-born scorer understands the cards he has been dealt with, and he believes that prioritizing the country's drive to make it to the quadrennial Games is a worthwhile task for him to once again set aside his PBA dreams.
"Mas kundisyon ako sa 3x3. Mas mahirap yung 3x3 kontra sa 5-on-5 kasi yung transition mahirap, pero kinaya ko naman. Madami naman kaming mga coaches na pinu-push kami every training, lalo na mga teammates namin lalo na si Karl (Dehesa) na pinu-push talaga kami to the limit hanggang pagod na pagod na kami para makundisyon," he said.
Pasaol also said that he has learned a lot a year removed from his high-scoring exploits for University of the East, saying: "Natutunan kong maging mas patient dito."
"Di mo kailangan i-downgrade yung mga kasama mo. Kailangan mo sila parating alalayan. Sa mga kalaban naman, di mo sila pwedeng isiping mahina sila. Kailangan mo silang respetuhin as players, as human beings, at kailangan mo talagang all-out talaga every game."
And the proof is in the pudding, with Pasaol now ranked second in the Philippines and is the 136th-best 3x3 player in the world.
Aside from his 3x3 career, Pasaol is also set to divide his time with Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines after being traded by Bataan Risers in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
But the goal has never been clearer for him.
"Tatapusin natin ito, pupunta tayo ng Olympics. Going forward tayo sa Olympics. Kakayanin natin ito," Pasaol vowed.