THERE was some confusion when Columbian assistant coach Art Dela Cruz blurted out “CJ Calvo” when it was their turn to pick at No. 11 in the first round in the PBA Rookie Draft.
But JP Calvo said that mistake only made the draft even more memorable for him as he felt surprised to have been called in the first round.
“Sobrang saya ko kasi hindi ko inexpect na na-pick pa ako lalo na sa first round. Nagulat ako kasi nung una, mali pa ‘yung pagtawag sa akin,” said the 21-year-old Calvo.
“Sinabi na nila sa akin na ako na pala ‘yun kaya tumayo na ako,” said Calvo, when asked how he confirmed that it was him who the Dyip was selected. “Sobrang memorable. Sobrang dream come true para sa akin. Simula nung bata pa ako, gusto ko na ‘to makamit. Tapos ngayon, nandito na ako.”
The 5-foot-8 Calvo is seen as one of the top point guards of this year’s batch, having played for Letran in the NCAA, but he never imagined being picked in the first round.
“Inexpect ko mga second round ako. Marami kasing nasa news na nandoon pa kaya hindi ko inexpect na ganun,” said Calvo.
Incidentally, the former Letran cager joins the true ‘CJ’ – CJ Perez that is – as first rounders of Columbian in this year’s draft, expressing excitment to team up with Perez and facilitate for the former NCAA Most Valuable Player and other Columbian teammates.
“Siyempre, sobrang excited ako kasi NC pa lang magkakalaban kami tapos ngayon magkakampi na kami. Sana maganda ‘yung kalalabasan sa team. Kahit anong mangyari, tutulungan ko siya para manalo kami,” said Calvo.