ABU Tratter doesn’t consider see himself a replacement for JP Erram.
The Siniloan, Laguna-born forward is well aware of how much Erram has accomplished last season with the Elite before heading to NLEX in a trade that brought Tratter and fellow draftee Paul Desiderio to Blackwater.
That's why as much as he'd like to look at Erram as his bar, Tratter's focus remains on his own progress as he aims to be a contributor in his rookie year this 2019 PBA season.
"I'm actually pretty juiced with what happened in the draft and the situation I'm in, and I'm excited for January 13. I have so much things to add to my shoulder, so much things in my bucket list to prove, and I'm out here to prove something," he said.
The former La Salle slotman believes he is capable of blending in, more so now as he joins a promising frontline that also includes Mac Belo, Raymar Jose and Chris Javier, as well as veterans James Sena and Rabeh Al-Hussaini.
"I can say that I can fit in any situation. Being from La Salle and having experienced so many coaching changes, I survived all of that. This is an exciting journey," he said.
Tratter is gushing over the potential the young Elite crew can achieve this upcoming season.
"It's a young group but we're so talented," he said. "The sky is the limit for this group and I'm excited to start."