AS reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Terrence Romeo looks forward to a fruitful career in the PBA beginning with Sunday’s rookie draft, the Far Eastern University stalwart has also made known his desire to play for the national team in the Southeast Asian Games.
The 5-foot-9 Romeo is tipped to be a potential first-round pick, and that’s the reason why he expressed hopes that his future mother ballclub would allow him to suit up for the Sinag Pilipinas team bound for the SEA Games in Myanmar this December.
“Iyun nga gusto ko sana mag-ensayo para sa SEA Games. Eh di pa lang ako nagpa-pa-draft, so after draft, gusto ko mag-tryout,” Romeo said.
“Di pa ako nagpapasabi pero subukan ko magpasabi. Dream ko rin maglaro sa SEA Games.”
The high-scoring guard, who averaged 21.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists the recent Season 76 of the UAAP, is actually included in the 19-man national pool tasked to extend the country’s basketball reign in the SEA Games.
Jong Uichico has been appointed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to handle the national squad to be reinforced by naturalized player Marcus Douthit and backstopped by Gilas cadet members led by Kevin Alas, Jake Pascual, Ronald Pascual, Matt Ganuelas, and Garvo Lanete.
Others invited to join the national pool include Arnold Van Opstal, Raymond Almazan, Mark Belo, Bobby Ray Parks, Jericho Cruz, Prince Caperal, Roi Sumang, and Kevin Ferrer.
Coached by Norman Black, the Sinag Pilipinas team retained the basketball gold during the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta, Indoneisa, routing Thailand in the Finals, 85-57.