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    Paul Desiderio says PJ Simon his career peg as he enters PBA draft

    Dec 7, 2018

    PAUL Desiderio only has one guy in mind who he's excited to team up with or face off against once he's in the PBA.

    "Sa akin, si PJ Simon talaga," he said after submitting his draft application on Friday, formalizing his entry to the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.

    The pride of Liloan, Cebu is ecstatic about the prospects of finally playing against the Magnolia scorer, who he has looked up to since his high school days in University of Visayas.

    "Nung high school ako, siya talaga ang sinusubaybayan ko eh. Tinitingala ko sila ni Dondon (Hontiveros). Pero si PJ Simon talaga ang ginagaya ko. Sinusubukan ko gawin yung one-hander niya," he said.

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      Desiderio is coming in as one of the most sought after prospects, especially after leading University of the Philippines to the finals this past UAAP Season 82, the Diliman school's first in 32 years.

      Though he has already established himself as a cult hero with the Fighting Maroons, the 21-year-old guard knows that playing in the pros is a different beast in itself as he's just glad to achieve a lifelong dream to play with the best players in the country.

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      "Professional na yan. Kung ano ang kaya kong maibigay sa team, yun lang gagawin ko. Sa akin lalaro lang ako," he said. "Excited lang talaga ako."

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