IN the minds of AMA team officials, there is no doubt who they will pick in the PBA D-League draft.
Jeron Teng is on track to become the first overall pick in the PBA D-League draft on December 20 with AMA Online Education coach Mark Herrera saying they will go to who they believe is the best player in this year’s draft class.
There's little doubt that he was talking about Teng, who won Finals MVP honors after leading La Salle to the UAAP Season 79 seniors basketball title in his final year with the Green Archers.
“Malaking morale boost sa team,” said Herrera. “Personally, I see him a role model in Philippine amateur basketball. A very humble player but very intense kapag maglaro siya, parang wala ng next game because every game, 101 percent binibigay ni Jeron.”
Herrera sees Teng as a future PBA star, and AMA is more than happy to have him in the Titans roster.
“He is a leader and future PBA star and we hope na maging part kami ng basketball journey niya,” said Herrera, whose team is supported by AMA owner Ambassador Amable R. Aguiuz V and senior vice president Arnel Hibo.
AMA Online Education is one of the 10 teams seeing action in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup set to open on January 19, banking on someone like Teng to turn around the fortunes of a team that won just four of 12 games in the last Foundation Cup.
Teng is one of 128 players who filed their application to play in the PBA D-League draft, one of the requirements before becoming eligible to play in the PBA.
The son of former PBA forward Alvin Teng is seeing action in the developmental league for the first time.