LEFT unsigned by Rain or Shine after being picked 23rd overall in the PBA Rookie Draft last month, former Far Eastern University guard Wendell Comboy is trying out for a spot in the San Miguel Beer lineup.
The 22-year-old guard attended the Beermen’s practice on Tuesday upon the advice of FEU head coach Olsen Racela, who is a former SMB player and Petron head coach.
“Pinapunta ako ni coach Olsen and ng manager ko, Titan, may kinausap silang coach, ayon, para ma-i-try ko lang din, free agent naman ako,” he shared to SPIN.ph at the end of the Beermen's practice.
“Itutuloy-tuloy lang ‘to, and hopefully may ma-i-offer sila sa akin, and makapag-sign ng contract," he added.
Comboy was taken at No. 11 in the second round of the regular PBA draft, but found himself in a loaded Rain or Shine backcourt that on Tuesday unloaded Ed Daquioag in a trade for future draft picks with TNT.
Asked to compare collegiate play to the PBA, Comboy said: “Dito kasi sa PBA, mga pro kalaban mo, they know how to read plays agad, magre-react agad sila. Sa college, minsan naglalaro kami based sa emotions namin – dito kailangan maging wise ka, diskarte talaga.”
Comboy later shared a few takeaways from the three-hour grind.
“Gusto ko talaga dito. Nagustuhan ko din training nila kasi nandon lahat ‘yung mga small things and details, ‘yung mga kailangan kong gawin – maging efficient sa loob ng court, mga desisyon na doon natutunan,” he said.