ARVIN Tolentino truly felt that he was ready to take the plunge when he submitted his application for the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.
"Actually, yun naman talaga plano eh," he said.
However, a monkey wrench was thrown into his plan when it was learned that the Far Eastern University forward failed to play the required seven D-League games for local-born players to be eligible for the PBA draft.
Tolentino it turned out, only suited up for three outings for AMA Online Education in the 2018 Aspirants' Cup. That was why his application was turned down.
But rather than mope over the setback, the 23-year-old is looking at it as a blessing in disguise. for him to further improve on his game before finally entering the pro ranks.
"For me, yun lagi ang iniisip ko. Gusto ko tumingin sa positives. Ayoko na mag-dwell sa sayang. Always yung mindset ko is positive lang, ganito na blessing in disguise. Baka may plan si God para sa akin this year," he said.
Tolentino did make the most of his opportunities as he took the baton for Wangs Basketball in its 89-69 season-opening win over The Masterpiece-Trinity on Thursday.
The 6-foot-4 forward went 3-of-8 from three-point land to highlight a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, alongside an assist, a steal, and a block in an uber-efficient 20 minutes off the bench.
Tolentino credited his familiarity with a number of players in the Couriers camp for the smooth transition to the Wangs camp.
"Mataas yung tiwala ko sa teammates ko at sa coaches. I've known some of these guys, si Axel (Inigo) at Radge (Tongco), teammates ko nung high school. Si Gelo (Vito) at Jarrell (Lim), teammates ko sa national team. So yung adjustments, medyo napadali na kasi magkakakilala kami dito," he said.