SEEING the older of his two sons playing organized basketball being selected in the PBA Annual Draft is more than enough for former pro player Alvin Teng.
And it doesn’t matter if Jeric Teng, his much-heralded son, wasn't picked in the first round.
“I’m more than happy na makakatapak na si Jeric sa PBA,” said the elder Teng as he watched his son go up the podium and welcomed by the entire Rain or Shine team during the draft proceedings at the Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita.
Coming off a stellar stint with University of Santo Tomas, the 21-year-old Teng was expected by many to be an outright first-round pick in the biggest draft pool ever in the league with 79 rookie hopefuls.
But the first round passed without him being called on stage by commissioner Chito Salud.
It was not until the 12th pick that Jeric was tabbed by the Elasto Painters, who were surprised that he remained available at that stage of the draft.
“Actually `yung first round (pick) puro kuwentuhan lang naman. Kahit ako hindi kumportable dahil anytime puwede talagang magbago,” said the elder Teng, best known as a defensive whiz during his PBA heydays.
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said the Elasto Painters didn’t really have a specific player in mind who they were going to pick in the second round after opting for Raymund Almazan as the No. 3 overall pick.
But Guiao readily jumped at the chance to get Teng when the team found him still available late in the proceedings.
“I’m happy that Rain or Shine picked him dahil pinapakita nila `yung tiwala nila sa anak ko,” he said.
If ever, the player nicknamed `Robocop’ for his tenacity is hoping Jeric could end up playing for any of the three San Miguel franchises, the older Teng having been an integral part of a fabled San Miguel team that managed to accomplish an elusive Grand Slam in 1989.
“Sana nga kung puwede, pero hindi naman natin hawak ang decision ng management.”
Still, the scrappy PBA veteran said he is more than happy his son will be coached by Guiao, with whom he played for a season with Pepsi Cola.