AFTER what he rued as a missed opportunity with PBA expansion squad Blackwater Elite, former University of Cebu standout Quinton Brian Heruela has found a new home with the Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants in the PBA D-League, where he is eager to prove himself all over again.
Though the stocky yet speedy 5-foot-10 guard believes he has already proven himself in two D-league conferences with Big Chill, Heruela said he appreciates the opportunity to showcase his skills after the unkind cut at Blackwater.
In an interview with Spin.ph on Friday afternoon after his practice with Jumbo Plastic, where he will team up with another Cebuano and fellow former Webmaster, Jan Julius Colina, Heruela said he was initially given feelers by Blackwater’s top brass that he would be included in the team’s final PBA roster.
However, Blackwater relegated him to the inactive list in favor of guards Chris Timberlake, Paul Artadi and Juami Tiongson just before the team started.
Heruela, taken in the third round at 26th overall by Blackwater in the last PBA rookie draft, admitted the decision stung at first since he knew that other teams were interested in him.
“Sayang ang chance. It was a missed opportunity. There were several teams which were interested in getting me but when I talked to Blackwater officials to perhaps ask for a release, they wouldn't agree to it without getting anything in return,” Heruela said.
Now he is picking up the pieces and starting all over again.
“Pero okay na that Jumbo Plastic got me. I’d much rather play in the D-League and prove myself all over again rather than practice and feel bad over getting passed over for players who I know I’m much better than,” Heruela said.