Inter-barangay discovery Rodney Brondial keen to follow in idol Marc Pingris' footsteps
Former Adamson stalwart Rodney Brondial says Marc Pingris is his idol. Jerome Ascano

FROM ‘inter-barangay’ to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

That's what Rodney Brondial is out to accomplish as the former Adamson stalwart is one of the 95 players who made themselves available for the PBA Annual Rookie Draft on August 24 at the Robinsons Place in Manila.

Before becoming a key player of the Falcons during the coaching tenure of Leo Austria, Brondial was just another basketball-loving kid who did the rounds of barangay leagues during summer.

It was during one such appearance in a league at Philam Homes in West Avenue, Quezon City where Austria, who happened to be in the neighborhood visiting a relative, spotted Brondial playing in a championship game.

“Nanonood lang siya (Austria) nung inter-barangay championship doon sa village na ‘yun,” recalled Brondial. “Maganda ‘yung pinakita ko kaya kinausap niya ako kung puwede po daw ako sa Adamson. Wala namang mawawala sa akin kaya sinubukan ko. Tuluy-tuloy na ‘yun.”

Brondial went on to have a long career with the Falcons and shone as one of the most versatile players in the UAAP, becoming part of a couple of Adamson teams that reached as far as the Final Four.

Now 23 years old, the 6-foot-5 Brondial hopes to fulfill his dream of playing in Asia’s first-ever play-for-pay league.

So sure is Brondial about his plan that Brondial submitted his application papers just two weeks after the league opened the door for rookies seeking to join the draft.

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