Kevin Ferrer keen to mirror UST teammate Aljon Mariano's rookie feat in PBA
Kevin Ferrer is hoping to win a championship in his rookie PBA season. Jerome Ascano

GIVEN the chance, Kevin Ferrer wants to follow the same path taken by former University of Santo Tomas teammate Aljon Mariano once he finally realized his dream of playing in the PBA.

Like Mariano, the versatile forward is hoping to win a championship right in his rookie season as a pro.

"Siyempre lahat naman nag-aasam na manalo ng championship sa PBA," said Ferrer, one of the 12 Gilas players who will be part of Sunday's PBA special draft at the Robinson's Place Manila.

Mariano was part of the Barangay Ginebra team that ended an eight-year PBA title drought when it beat Meralco for the Governors Cup title. He and Ferrer were teammates in the UST Tigers team that finished runner-up to La Salle in the 2013 UAAP men's basketball finals.

"Happy ako para sa kanya na nakapag-champion yung former teammate ko," he said of Mariano, a second round pick of Ginebra in last year's rookie draft who was actually a personal choice of no less than coach Tim Cone.

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Mariano and Ferrer may just found themselves reunited in the pros especially with the Kings dead-set on tabbing the services of the long-armed forward in the special draft involving Gilas cadets.

The 23-year-old Ferrer disclosed personally congratulating Mariano shortly after the Kings beat the Bolts, 91-88, in Game Six of the finals last week behind the game-winning three-point shot of import Justin Brownlee at the buzzer.

“May group chat kasi kaming mga former UST players, and nag-congratulate ako sa kanya,” said Ferrer. “Sabi ko keep it up.”

And as he’s set to turn pro a few days from now, Ferrer has nothing on his own mind but to win a championship on his own.

“Lahat ng napupunta sa PBA gusto mag-champion,” said Ferrer, who, again settled for a runner-up finish for Santo Tomas during last year’s UAAP finals won by Far Eastern University Tamaraws.

“Ako rin gusto kong mag-champion.” 

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