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    Birthday-boy Joshua Munzon gets timely gift as top D-League pick

    Jan 15, 2019
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    WHAT a birthday gift it was for Joshua Munzon.

    Turning 24 on Tuesday, the Fil-Am winger emerged the top overall pick by AMA Online Education in the 2019 PBA D-League Draft as he settles in playing in the country full-time.

    And for him, it only sets him up for what is shaping up to be a good 2019.

    "I feel like there's a lot of opportunities for me in the Philippines right now and I just want to take full advantage of it. I want to do my best, work as hard as I could possibly can, and be the best player I could possibly be this year," he said.

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    As elated as he is leading the class, Munzon knows that he has his work cut out for him if he wants to help the Titans make it to the semifinals for the first time in franchise history.

    But the wiry wingman, who follows the footsteps of Jeron Teng and Owen Graham as the Titans' no. 1 picks, is not rushing things as he aims to blend well with holdovers like Graham and Andre Paras in AMA.

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    "Like any other team, it will take some time, get some practice in, and we'll go from there. I'm looking at coming in and working hard and I feel like I can help and contribute to the team, work as hard as I can. I'm just optimistic in any situation and I'm ready to work," he said.

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    The PBA D-League, though, isn't the only thing in Munzon's cupboard as he'll also suit up for Pasig-Grindhouse Kings in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup.

    Regardless of what league he's playing in, Munzon said that he only has one thing on his mind: winning.

    "I want to win it all. I don't want to lose. I'm ready," he said.

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