IT’S never too late to reach for your hoop dreams.
Eric Miraflores, this year’s oldest rookie hopeful, showed his wares in the two-day PBA Draft Combine, made a choice to walk away from college basketball in the county over a decade ago and now hopes he can make to the big league.
Miraflores, who turns 33 in November, said it was simply time this year to apply for the Draft that’s set on Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila.
“If you’re ready mentally and physically, (then it’s time),” the soft-spoken applicant said.
Kia playing-coach Manny Pacquiao was the oldest draftee last year at 36.
“Age is only a number,” Miraflores said. “When you’re old, you try to motivate yourself – maybe you can do it or maybe not; you just have to think positively.”
Miraflores said he was set to make the UAAP roster of University of the East in 2004, only to get his petition to go to Australia with his mom.
“I just followed my mom and look out for her,” the Davao native related. “I decided to stay there for a while.”
The 5-foot-7 guard instead played in Victorian Basketball League, a semi-professional league in Melbourne where he played against former PBA player Jim Viray.
Despite his stints there, Miraflores felt he wasn’t prepared to make the jump until now.
“My game wasn’t ready yet for this level.”
The lefty playmaker showed his shooting prowess in the two-day rookie camp.
“I did alright,” he said. “I was just a little bit tired because of the weather. It’s hot here. I’ve been working hard.”
“I’m going to give it my best shot,” he added. “You never know.”