J-JAY Alejandro shrugged off fatigue after heading to Gilas Pilipinas practice straight from helping Go For Gold win its first match in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup on Monday.
"Sayang, malapit na ako eh. Pasig lang. Walang showbiz-showbiz, malapit lang talaga," Alejandro, who finished with five points in the 75-68 win against Gamboa Coffee Mix, said with a laugh.
Turning serious, the former National University standout said he didn’t want to waste the golden opportunity of learning the ropes from the best basketball players and minds in the Philippines.
“Well, ganoon talaga eh. Player, mapapagod at mapapagod ka talaga," he said after practice at the Meralco Gym.
"Pero makasama ko sila Arvin Tolentino, sila CJ Perez, tsaka 'yung ibang mga PBA players, siyempre experience 'yun eh, tsaka learning process din sa akin."
The 22-year-old guard shared that this early, he’s already learning a lot from his experience in training with Gilas.
"Yung laro ng mga PBA guys kasi, hindi naman sa pag-ano, mas pisikal talaga sa PBA. 'Yun, kung paano mo gagamitin ang utak mo pati 'yung katawan mo sa tamang posisyon sa laro," he said.
As long as the opportunity is there for him to learn from top players like Jayson Castro, Alejandro is making sure to make the time for Gilas training every Monday.
"Wala rin akong gagawin kasi. Tsaka minsan lang magpatawag ng practice, every Monday lang, so sayang 'yung chance makapag-practice," he said.
"Well sa akin kasi, 'yung mapabilang ka sa Gilas, mapabilang lang ang pangalan mo sa Gilas, sobrang fortunate na ako, sobrang blessed na ako,” Alejandro added. "And siguro sa akin, may opportunity na nag-open, so iga-grab ko na lang, either PBA or Gilas."