PBA-bound Jeron Teng says his best is yet to come
Jeron Teng is ready for the next challenge in his basketball career after applying for the PBA Rookie Draft. Jerome Ascano

JERON Teng said he is ready to take on a new challenge in his career after declaring for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, adding depth to a pool led by consensus top pickChristian Standhardinger.

"It's always been my dream to follow my father's footsteps, to enter, play, and show my talent in the PBA," said the two-time UAAP champion after declaring for the draft.

Following stints in the PBA D-League and Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup in China, the former La Salle star believes he's ripe for the big league.

"I think I'm ready," he said. "I've been working hard to improve every day, working hard on my weaknesses, and improving on what I can improve on.”

"I can bring energy inside the court. I think my biggest asset is that I'm always hungry to improve and add dimensions to my game to be an all-around hustle player. And I know I can only do this through hard work and perseverance."

In his first season in the D-League, Teng proved he's a cut above the rest after averaging 23.2 points on top of 8.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists with AMA Online Education in the Aspirants' Cup.

He would dish off almost the same figures with Flying V the following conference (22.15 points, 6.85 rebounds, and 5.77 assists) while leading the team to a perfect elimination round finish before falling to Centro Escolar University in the semifinals. 

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