NEWLY-CROWNED Aspirants Cup Most Valuable Player Garvo Lanete intends to jump to the PBA after winning the most prestigious individual award in the PBA D-League.
Lanete said he will play for one more conference with the Road Warriors in the coming Foundation Cup set to unfurl on March 18 before he applies for the PBA rookie draft at the end of this year.
“Magpapa-draft na ako after next conference,” Lanete said after the Road Warriors won their fifth title over the developmental league's first conferences on Wednesday.
Lanete was instrumental in propelling NLEX to the top spot at the end of the elimination round before leading from the front in the powerhouse team's playoff run.
NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez believes Lanete has what it takes to have a good PBA career, vowing to help the Gilas cadet member get ready for the professional game.
“He has to be ready with the physicality of the PBA. Once conference pa, I’m sure Garvo will be a star in the PBA, no question about it,” said Fernandez.
Lanete said his exposure to international play with Gilas cadet as well as desire to atone for the Road Warriors’ defeat to Blackwater Sports last conference motivated to strive harder this conference.
“Malaking tulong din sa akin ‘yung Gilas, malaking bagay ‘yung experience doon. Nung natalo rin kami last conference, wala kaming iniisip kundi bumawi this conference,” said Lanete, who also won a gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar last year.
Fernandez was glad that Lanete finally won the MVP plum before he turns pro.
“Si Garvo kasi every conference naman, maganda linalaro niya. Ang problema lang this past few conferences eh pagdating sa dulo, na-iinjured siya. Pero Garvo worked hard from the start kahit nung natalo kami last conference. He is consistent,” said Lanete.