JONATHAN Gray sees a lot of positives in the young Globalport team despite its early exit in the PBA Governors Cup.
He even considers the Batang Pier a more athletic team than the Meralco Bolts, the ballclub from which he came from and the one who dealt GlobalPort its final loss in the season-ending meet on Friday, 100-93, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
"Nakita ko sa skills, yung mga players dito sa Globalport mas talented. Para sa akin yun, a," stressed the shooting guard out of St. Benilde.
"Siguro konting chemistry pa kaya nabitin kami sa ilang games."
Grey is one of the handful of new players acquired by the Batang Pier during the course of the season that also included Sean Anthony, Bradwyn Guinto, Mac Cardona, Mac Baracael, Ryan Arana, Rob Celiz, and Paolo Hubalde.
He played one of his best games as a rookie opposite the Bolts after finishing behind Anthony in scoring with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field.
Grey said he had to do his role especially with top gunner Terrence Romeo opting to sit out the team's final game of the season.
"Binigyan ako ng playing minutes, so ako kung ano lang yung kaya kong ma-contribute sa team," said the rookie wingman.
Overall, Grey described his rookie year as being blessed especially after he was surprisingly handpicked to become a part of the Gilas Pilipinas training pool.
That's notwithstanding his experience to overcome the feeling of being traded right on his freshman year.
"Nung una bilang bata pa sa liga, ang dami mong tanong sa sarili mo," he admitted. "Pero sa ganito ring liga, dapat lagi ka ring positive."
And what's the best lesson he ever learned as a rookie?
"Makinig," he curtly replied. "Makinig sa mga veterans and always be confident."