LESS than a week after his college career with University of Santo Tomas ended in heartbreak, Tigers star Jeric Teng is moving on to the next phase of his career as he formally submitted his application for the coming PBA rookie draft.
The sweet-shooting son of former PBA player Alvin Teng sent his application through his agent Edgar Tan on Wednesday afternoon and immediately drew interest from teams which own the middle picks in the first round of the November 3 draft - Barako Bull foremost among them.
Teng, who averaged 23.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in the three-game UAAP Finals which the Tigers lost to De La Salle, as well as former Far Eastern University star RR Garcia are expected to be the top guard and small forward prospects in a draft pool dominated by big men.
He has certainly drawn interest from Barako Bull consultant Rajko Toroman for the way he led from the front for the Tigers in the last UAAP finals.
“Jeric Teng is one guy who can take responsibility in the game. He’s very strong in the two-position (off guard), he can shoot and he’s got a big heart,” Toroman told Spin.ph upon learning that Teng has put his name in a draft pool that is now past 60 players two days before the deadline.
Barako Bull actually owns the fourth to sixth picks in the first round. And Toroman hinted of picking possibly a wing player and two guards, especially with Garcia also joining the draft.
“RR Garcia’s joining the draft makes this year’s draft very interesting,” noted the Serbian mentor.
“RR is a combo guard, high quality guard who I think is one of the best guards in the last three years in the UAAP,” he added.
Globalport, sources said, is also targetting either Teng and Garcia - or both - that the team is now looking to close a proposed trade that would have the Batang Pier getting Barako's sixth selection overall.
So far, big men led by seven-footer Gregory Slaughter, Ian Sangalang and Letran’s Raymund Almazan are expected to land in the first three picks of the draft owned by Barangay Ginebra, San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine, respectively.
After Barako Bull’s three first-round draft selections, Globalport will pick seventh, followed by Alaska at eighth.
Rain or Shine and San Mig then picks ninth and 10th again to conclude the first round.