TOP officials of Far Eastern University and PBA D-League ballclub Big Chill have confirmed that controversial college star Terrence Romeo has been given the green light to turn pro after a sudden change of heart.
FEU athletic director Mark Molina said Romeo left the school in good terms, adding the Tamaraws organization gave their high-scoring guard the blessing to join the PBA rookie draft set on November 3.
“Kahit ano naman ang desisyon nila, pumapayag kami,” Molina said.
Molina said the school understood where Romeo is coming from, pointing out that if the player doesn't come out for the draft, the earliest he can turn pro would be in 2015.
Next year's draft is slated in August when the UAAP season is still in progress.
“Ang draft pa ng PBA, August pa so kung hindi siya lalabas ngayon, after two years pa siya mada-draft, 2015 pa,” Molina said.
Big Chill team owner James Tiu also expressed support for Romeo’s decision.
“Desisyon nila ng family nila ‘yan and definitely with careful planning and their financial status right now, it will be advantageous na magpa-draft na siya ngayon,” said Tiu.Now it's down to Romeo if he decides to turn pro or not. At posting time, he or his representatives have yet to file his application at the PBA with the 5 p.m. deadline fast approaching.
Calls and SMS messages by Spin.ph to the player have yet to be returned.
A source said Globalport has expressed strong interest in the Cavite-born guard, who also won a Rookie of the Year award in 2010 prior to capturing the MVP trophy this season.
“May mga PBA teams na nagsabi na interesado sila. Para sa pamilya din naman niya ‘yun,” Molina added.
Romeo had expressed his intention to stay with the Tamaraws for his fifth and final season in 2014 even with an option to already join the draft this year.
Once his draft application is filed on the final day on Friday, Romeo will join FEU teammate RR Garcia and Jeric Teng as UAAP cagers fresh from their Season 76 stints to join the PBA draft.
Romeo averaged 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.6 steals for the Tamaraws this season in leading FEU to a Final Four appearance after a 7-0 start to the eliminations.
The Tamaraws lost to De La Salle in the Final Four.