NO one has actually approached him about a possible stint with the Philippine team in the Southeast Asian Games this year, but Jeron Teng says he is ready to help the country retain the title in the tournament set in Singapore.
He was included in the initial list of players submitted to the SEA Games and already required by La Salle to submit requirements including his passport details. Teng says he is just waiting for the call, although the final decision would be up to La Salle.
“Actually, wala pang kumakausap sa akin. Nababasa ko lang sa internet. May mga nagtatanong tanong,” said Teng in an interview with Spin.ph before La Salle played one tune-up game recently against Korea University.
“Pero pina-submit ako ng school ng mga requirements like ’yung passport,” Teng said.
The La Salle star is part of the list of players the Samahang Basketol ng Pilipinas submitted for possible inclusion in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, in compliance with the submission of the entry-by-number by the SEA Games organizers.
[See Kobe Paras named to provisional Philippine lineup for SEA Games with Ravena, Teng, Parks, Douthit]
Teng first played for the national team in 2009 with the youth squad that competed in the 2009 Fiba-Asia Under-16 Championship. He also played in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore for the Philippine 3-on-3 team that included Bobby Ray Parks, Mike Tolomia, and Michael Pate.
“Nung high school, nakalaro na rin ako sa national team. I really enjoyed representing the country. Sana payagan ako ng La Salle. Siyempre, I have commitments with the school also,” Teng said.
The SBP has tabbed Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin to also mentor the national teams for the SEA Games as well as the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship this summer.
[See Tab Baldwin hoping for backing from D-League, college leagues as he forms SEA Games team]
Teng said he looks forward to the experience of playing under the Gilas Pilipinas mentor.
“Siyempre, it would be an honor. Magaling na coach siya. Under a new coach and under a new system, it’s a nice experience to play along with other collegiate players,” Teng said.