KEVIN Alas is ready to make the big jump in his basketball career.
The son of multi-titled coach Louie Alas is excited to turn pro, hopeful of attracting the interest of Ginebra and perhaps become even closer to actress Christine Reyes along the way.
Alas said the long line of top guards who played under the Ginebra banner, from Robert Jaworski and Rudy Distrito to Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa, has inspired him to follow in their footsteps.
That shouldn't be farfetched, considering Alas is among the rising stars in the amateur ranks after an outstanding college career at Letran as well as an impressive showing in the PBA D-League where he is currently averaging 12.28 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists for NLEX.
At the same time, the former Knights star said he is keen to nurture his friendship with Reyes after the two became acquainted in the photo-sharing social networking site Instagram.
The sweet-shooting guard said his friendship with Reyes is still at the most nominal level.
“Friends lang naman kami. Friends lang pero text mates kami,” he said. “Pero recently hindi na kami nakakapag-usap kasi busy na siya, busy din ako sa NLEX.”
Alas admitted his profound admiration for the sexy ABS-CBN star, but bared he hasn't made any move yet.
“Wala pa. Friends pa lang talaga kami,” he said.
The jump to the pro ranks will surely raise Alas' profile, more so if he gets his wish to join Ginebra which has the biggest fanbase among the PBA teams.
Asked if such a move will put him at par with Reyes’ former boyfriends Mark Herras, Dennis Trillo, Rayver Cruz and Derek Ramsey, Alas chuckled.
“Sa ngayon hindi ko pa talaga iniisip 'yun (pagsikat), sa ngayon kasi mas priority ko makatulong sa team. 'Yun ang una kong iniisip. Kung uunahin ko manalo (ang team), maganda nilalaro mo, kasama na yung ganun,” he said.
“Saka iba rin kasi ang fanbase ng Ginebra, iba ang natutulong ng fans sa paglalaro. Kapag naririnig mo na andaming tao, mas ginaganahan kang maglaro,” Alas added.
He continued: “Hindi ko naman iniisip na maging ka-level mga 'yun, kasi basketball lang ang focus ko.”
Alas, however, admitted he has laid low for a while after getting wind of reports that the sexy actress is already going out with mixed martial arts star and model Ali Khatibi.
“Actually matagal ko nang nadidinig 'yun, pero parang pina-private lang nila. Pero ayokong manggaling sa akin,” he said.
“Pero wala sa akin 'yun, kung saan siya masaya. Support lang. Pero ewan ko ngayon (ang sitwasyon ko sa kanya), mahirap naming ilagay siya sa puso ko kung may boyfriend na.
“Mahirap naming maghintay nang maghintay, siguro time will tell.” he said.
Here's the full interview with Kevin Alas: