DESPITE an impressive showing in the UAAP Finals against eventual champion De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas gunner Jeric Teng admits being nervous heading into the November 3 PBA rookie draft.
“Of course, I’m nervous because you’ll never know what will happen there (PBA draft),” Teng bared on Thursday night during Spin.ph’s official launch at the URBN Bar and Kitchen at The Fort in Taguig City.
"Hopefully, makuha ako ng team na gustong kumuha sa akin - any team na mas kailangan ako sana."
The 22-year-old Teng played high-level basketball despite missing several games during the regular season of the recent UAAP Season 76 due to a shoulder injury and later a pulled hamstring.
The eldest son of former PBA player Alvin Teng came back to lead the Growling Tigers’ playoff run where they ousted Ateneo in a playoff before beating top seed National University Bulldogs twice in the Final Four en route to a return to the UAAP Finals.
Teng went on to average 23.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in the three-game UAAP Finals where his younger brother Jeron emerged as the Finals MVP after leading the Green Archers to their eighth collegiate championship.
The UST star said joining the PBA draft wasn't an easy decision to make as he had to weigh the pros and cons carefully considering the injuries he’s had this year.
“Yes, nag-weigh pa ako kung makapag-pakita ako ng maganda,” said the 6-1 sweet-shooting forward. "I think kahit paano naman, nakita pa ng mga tao how much I wanted to win (the UAAP title).
"Siyempre, I’m very blessed dahil na rin siguro nakapaglaro ako sa Finals, may chance pa ako magpakita, saka sana totoo nga yung first rounder ako."
On Wednesday, Barako Bull active consultant Rajko Toroman said he’s impressed with Teng’s big, fighting heart which was in full display in the UAAP Finals.