JONATHAN Grey admitted that making the transition from the amateur ranks to the pros can be a grueling task, but he's grateful his experienced Meralco teammates are making the process a smooth one.
The results have been good so far as the former College of St. Benilde star dazzled with 12 points in the Bolts' 91-68 victory over the reigning Cesafi champions University of the Visayas at the start of the Recoletos Invitational Cup on Wednesday at the University of San Jose-Recoletos Coliseum.
Grey admitted that he is still adjusting to the way the professional game is being officiated as well as the system that the Bolts run, but added that he is appreciative of the help that his teammates often extend.
“All of my teammates are helping me. Kahit mga coaches, lagi ako tinutulungan. Medyo nag-aadjust ako sa tawagan ng referees and inaaral ko yung system ng team,” said Grey, the seventh pick of this year’s regular draft.
It also helps to have the legendary Jimmy Alapag in their corner, says Grey. Alapag has officially retired from playing and is currently serving as an assistant for the Bolts.
“Ibang klase si coach Jimmy (Alapag) eh. Every practice lagi siya maaga and lagi siyang positive at sobrang bait. Masaya talaga ako na andiyan siya para sa team,” he said.