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    Garcia ripe for the PBA while Romeo needs to blend in, says coach Racela

    Oct 18, 2013
    FEU coach Nash Racela says both RR Garcia, left, and Terrence Romeo are certain first-rounders in the PBA rookie draft set on November 3 at Robinsons Place in Manila. Jerome Ascano

    NASH Racela doesn’t expect a reunion with Far Eastern University players Terrence Romeo or RR Garcia at Talk `N Text after the coming PBA annual draft.

    Racela, the Tamaraws mentor who also serves as deputy of coach Norman Black, doesn’t see either the two still available by the time the Tropang Texters get their chance to pick in the second round of the November 3 draft.  

    “Oo, siyempre,” said Racela, when asked if he would be advising Talk 'N Text to pick either of the two if, for some reason, the two UAAP MVPs are still available when Texters' turn to pick comes.

    So confident is Racela of his former stars' worth that he said some teams did not do their homework if either of the two do not get picked in the first round.

    “Pero kung umabot sila sa amin, may problema ‘yung ibang teams. Mawawalan sila ng trabaho,” said the brother of San Mig Coffee assistant coach Olsen Racela.

    This year’s draft just got interesting after Romeo’s last-minute application hours before the 5 p.m. Friday deadline. Garcia, his backcourt partner with the Tamaraws, already submitted his application a few days ago.

    Racela believes Romeo and Garcia are certain first-round picks, stressing the two high-scoring guards are now PBA-ready based on their skills.

    “RR has really matured in terms of playmaking skills. Terrence has the skills also pero even though kailangan pa niya ng konting maturity, nakikita ko na rin na he is slowly getting there,” said the FEU coach.

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    Racela said Garcia will have no problem adjusting to the PBA due to his experience of playing for the entire five years in the UAAP, and a few more with the national team and the D-League.

    “I don’t think RR will have a hard time because of NLEX and Gilas. So I think RR will be okay,” Racela said.

    The young coach had praised Romeo in the recent UAAP season for showing more willingness to play under a team concept.

    But now that he’ll be playing with the best of the best, Racela said the reigning UAAP MVP will definitely have to share the ball even more.

    “Part of the maturity (process) is to play under a team concept especially now that the PBA has really talented players. Ang importante is maging effective siya kasama nung mga magagaling,” said Racela.

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    FEU coach Nash Racela says both RR Garcia, left, and Terrence Romeo are certain first-rounders in the PBA rookie draft set on November 3 at Robinsons Place in Manila. Jerome Ascano
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