JERON Teng had an illustrious amateur career highlighted by two UAAP championships and a Gilas Pilipinas stint in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup.
But the former La Salle star doesn't mind starting from scratch in the PBA.
"I have to start from zero. Syempre mag-start ako sa pinakababa and I have to work for my minutes," said Teng, who was selected fifth overall by the Alaska Aces in the PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.
"If I have to, then I'll do it, I'll work hard even more. Gusto ko talaga i-prove ang sarili ko dito sa PBA and that's what I'll do. I'll put more work into it."
It doesn't look like he will have a hard time adjusting to Alaska's style of play, though.
The burly small forward looks fit for a scrappy Aces side that puts premium on pressure defense, having gotten used to such style with the Green Archers under coach Aldin Ayo.
"Syempre yung last year ko naman (sa La Salle), grabe yung press namin dun. So I think pag nag-press kami dito sa Alaska, it won't be new to me," Teng said.
Although he slipped a couple of places down the draft order after being projected at No. 3 overall, Teng is just glad Alaska made his PBA dream come true.
"Kahit anong pick ako, magiging happy ako. Dahil ito talaga dream ko, maging PBA [player] ever since nung bata ako, masundan yung footsteps ng dad ko," said Teng, who is looking forward to teamming up with Calvin Abueva.
"Happy ako na napunta ako sa team na maganda 'yung reputation. Lahat nagsasabi sa akin na in Alaska, they treat all the players as family. I'm very happy na maging part ako ng family ng Alaska."