PBA-bound Rome dela Rosa says pressure inevitable as he follows in dad Romy's footsteps
Former San Beda stalwart Romeo dela Rosa has some big shoes to fill when he applies for the PBA Annual Rookie Draft on August 24. Richard Dy

FORMER San Beda team captain Rome dela Rosa admits being the son of a former PBA player carries some pressure as he prepares to make the jump to the pro ranks.

The son of former Shell and Sta. Lucia forward Romy dela Rosa said that after five seasons with the multi-titled Red Lions, comparisons with his father have become inevitable.

“(My father is) a known scorer. But he tells me to just keep working hard,”  Dela Rosa told Spin.ph.

“I’m trying to live up to his name because his name is already here. I wanted to make my own name, and so far, okay naman, still trying to get better than my dad, but hopefully, I’ll reach the top,” he added.

Though he knows he has big shoes to fill, the younger dela Rosa is thankful that his father has been giving him valuable tips as he prepares to make the jump to the pro ranks.

The elder Dela Rosa played 10 seasons in the pro league with Shell and Sta. Lucia, where he owned career averages of 12.0 points and 4.7 rebounds, while being part of the 5,000-point club.

“He’s a big influence. Watching him grow up, I'm used to having a love for the game because basketball is in my life na,” recalled Dela Rosa, who remembered watching his father play a few games for the Negros Slashers in the now defunct the Metropolitan Basketball Association in the late 1990s.

“But (playing in the PBA is) what I wanted to do. I wanted to pursue my career here and hopefully, in the PBA,” he added.

The 23-year-old Dela Rosa is currently working out at the Athlete’s Lab in Shaw Blvd., just beside the Gatorade Hoops Center, and has been joining the Barako Bull’s skills and conditioning practice the past week.

Barako Bull coach Siot Tanquingcen even included the former San Beda gunner in the team’s lineup during the Energy’s 105-113 loss to the visiting Athletes in Action squad early this week.

The rookie draft is set on August 24 at Robinson's Place Manila.

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