FIL-CANADIAN brothers Ryan and Taylor Wetherell are arriving on Thursday to join the PBA D-League rookie draft set on September 16 in the hope of pursuing basketball careers in the Philippines.
Ryan Wetherell is a 5-11 guard who suited up for the University of Southern California Trojans from 2006 to 2009, where he played with the likes of Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks guard OJ Mayo, and Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson.
He also played two more years with the California State University in Los Angeles.
Wetherell, 26, credited his more illustrious teammates for helping him get better during their time together at USC, especially Mayo who he said he had to guard everyday in practice.
“I learned a lot playing against all these NBA players because I had to guard OJ Mayo everyday in practice,” he said. “He (Mayo) taught me how to never back down no matter who I am going up against.
“So I learned how to play with the same confidence and poise that they had.”
His brother, Taylor, played for the Point Loma Nazarene University, where he averaged 5.8 points, 2.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds while starting 21 of 26 games for the Sea Lions.
The Wetheralls are coming off a stint with the San Diego Surfs in the American Basketball Association.
Ryan and Taylor Wetherell are set to arrive on Thursday after spending considerable time playing college basketball in the United States.
The Wetherell brothers were born to couple Don and Charlene Wetherell.
Their father Don, who is Italian with German blood, is a businessman who currently attends to several businesses in Aliso Viejo, California (Orange County) while their mother is the former Charlene Morales who is now based in California.
“I was born in California, before we moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada when I was seven,” Ryan told Spin.ph over the weekend. “I played high school basketball up there (in Alberta), then came down to the US to go to USC for basketball.”
Ryan said despite the reputation of Philippine basketball to be tough and physical, he believes he is up to the challenge.
“I am already a physically aggressive player so I believe I will do fine,” he said. “I'm excited for the experience and I want to play basketball, the game that I love and be the best that I can possibly be.”
Ryan said their BID (Bureau of Immigration and Deportation) documents are currently being processed with the help of player agent Caloy Allado.