Dylan Ababou thrilled by move to Talk 'N Text, hopes for national team comeback
Dylan Ababou says he didn't expect to be traded so near into the season. Jerome Ascano

DYLAN Ababou welcomed his move to Talk ‘N Text, a traditional powerhouse where he has also gained a shot at a national team comeback.

While surprised of his trade from Barako Bull, the 6-foot-3 wingman expressed excitement that he will be part of a perennial winning team in the PBA.

“Nagulat ako kasi malapit na rin mag-start ang season,” Ababou admitted to Spin.ph on Friday.  “Pero after ko nagulat, na-excite naman kasi champion team ‘to, very successful organization.”

Part of his excitement is gaining a chance, although remote, to represent Gilas Pilipinas anew after team owner Manny V. Pangilinan bared an option to pull the Tropang Texters out of the PBA  two years from now to serve as the country’s de facto representative in the 2017 FIba World Cup Qualifiers.

“Sobrang excited ako na may chance ako makabalik sa Gilas,” said Ababou, a member of Rajko Toromoan’s Gilas 1.0. “Sobrang honor yun at hindi lahat nabibigyan ng opportunity na makalaro sa national team.”

[See MVP says pulling out TNT from PBA to play in Olympic qualifiers an option]

Ababou, though, admitted there was a tinge of regret in his move after leaving his longtime teammates behind.

“Nanghinayang din (ako) kasi 'yung Barako Bull team namin parang Ginebra rin, yung mga pinagsamahan namin mahaba na rin kasi Ginebra days pa, sila na kasama ko,” the 28-year-old cager said. “Pero ganun talaga, move on.”

Ababou, a former Barangay Ginebra player, had seven former Gin Kings teammates at Barako Bull in Willy Wilson, Rico Maierhofer, Eman Monfort, Jens Knuttel, Josh Urbiztondo, and James Forrester, as well as new acquisition Mac Baracael.

Ababou said he will join TNT practice, but will also attend the Texters’ tune-up game against Meralco on Saturday.

“Honestly, hindi ko pa alam paano ako magfi-fit, pero I know, for a fact, that I need to fight for my position,” said the former University of Santo Tomas star, who joins a loaded wing rotation led by Larry Fonacier and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser.

[See TnT acquires Ababou from Barako in exchange for future second-round pick]

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