NEWLY acquired Barangay Ginebra guard Joseph Yeo no doubt is thrilled to play for the PBA's most popular ballclub.
But he has one concern.
Ginebra, as we all know, has one of the most crowded backcourts in the PBA, with almost half of the team playing the same spot as Yeo, who naturally wonders if he can have the time to make his mark with the team.
Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, Dylan Ababou, Emman Monfort, LA Tenorio, Josh Urbiztondo, Jens Knuttel and James Forrester share the same guard spot with Yao, who arrived in a pre-agreed trade for the Gin Kings' first-round pick in the 2015 PBA rookie draft.
"Everyone naman dream na makalaro sa Ginebra kasi crowd favorite yan," said, Yeo who was in Hakone, Japan for a vacation with wife Angela when reached for comment by Spin.ph.
"Hopefully I can get to play there 'coz nakakabato rin mabangko lang," added the former De La Salle star.
Yeo's concern is understandable, considering he found himself rotting in the far end of the bench in his final season with Petron while playing behind the likes of Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz.
But given the chance to shine at Air21 under former college coach Franz Pumaren, Yeo had a breakout season marked by averages of 11.60 points, 2.80 rebounds and 2.60 assists playing for 30.20 minutes a game.
That was in marked contrast to his numbers in his final season with Petron, where he tallied 6.40 points, 2.17 rebounds and 2.17 assists a game, mostly off the bench.
Will he suffer the same fate at Ginebra?
Yeo hopes not.
"Okay na okay ako sa pagkakalipat ko sa Ginebra. Gustong-gusto ko nga. Pati warm welcome ng fans, naramdaman ko agad sa social media," said the 30-year-old high-scoring guard.
"Playing time lang talaga worry ko but I know I can contribute a lot to this team if given the chance (to play)," he added.
Though the 'Ninja' is a terrific open-court player who thrives in a run-and-gun type of offense, Yeo is confident he will have no problem adjusting to Ginebra's triangle offense under Jeffrey Cariaso.
"Okay na man ako sa triangle. Madali naman ako nakaka-adjust lagi 'pag lipat ko sa ibang team like before," he said. "Hindi problem sa akin 'yun (triangle offense)."
"Talagang I really wish I can play there (Ginebra). So hopeful I can help them improve as a team," he added while packing his bags for his return trip to Tokyo on Tuesday.
Asked if he still sees himself being traded soon, Yeo said he hopes to stay at Ginebra.
"Sana hindi na. Mahirap palipat-lipat saka natutuwa na ako sa warm welcome nung fans. Sana I get to play for them and make them happy," said Yeo, who will be back in Manila on Friday.