SCOTTIE Thompson has drawn raves for knowing where his teammates are and could go before they, themselves, get to those spots, leading to perfectly timed passes in hard-to-reach areas. Like he’s threading a needle.
Like his remarkable vision on the court, the Barangay Ginebra star playmaker is also a few steps ahead of his PBA contemporaries in terms of getting ready for the future.
After all, the 24-year-old cager already has his own business: Thompson’s Sports Hairshop in his native Digos City that’s been operating for almost two years.
As they say, it’s never too early to invest.
“I think sobrang importante kasi like for me, na-experience ko ang sarap na hindi lang yung sahod mo yung tinatanggap mo, syempre yung kita ng barbershop naiiipon mo,” Thompson said in a chat with SPIN.ph inside his full-service barbershop along Rizal Ave. on the eve of the Mindanao leg of the All-Star game on Wednesday night.
“So I think future-ready na for me when it comes sa mga ganitong bagay,” added the third-year cager, who’s in the last year of a three-year maximum rookie deal with Ginebra.
SPIN.ph already featured Thompson’s barbershop, but this time, the former NCAA MVP gave us a first-hand experience of his best offering that makes his barbershop a cut above the rest: the Thompson’s cut that includes a haircut, shampoo, and a head and back massage to cap it off.
“Fresh ka na … talagang full-service siya,” Thompson beamed. “When it comes sa mga barbero, talagang tutok sila sa’yo.”
Like living his dream to play in Asia’s first pro league, Thompson is also blessed to put up his dream business.
“Kasi dati pa talaga, mahilig na ako mag-style sa buhok ko, so naisip ko dati, pag-nagkapuhunan ako, magpapatayo ako ng sariling barbershop,” the athletic, rebounding guard said.
“In God’s will, nandito na siya. Dream come true for me, dito pa sa bayan ko nag-start,” added the University of Perpetual Help product, who played high school ball in little-known Cor Jesu college, before transferring to Agro-Industrial Foundation Inc. where he was discovered while part of the team that represented Region XI in a Palarong Pambansa edition.
From a wide-eyed kid from the South to one of the most popular cagers in the country with a sense for business, Thompson has come a long way.
“So far, business is good,” the 2015 rookie draft fifth overall pick said. “Syempre dahil sa mga PBA fans at Ginebra fans, sila talaga nagdadala na business is good for me.”
Let's take a tour of Scottie's barbershop:
Thompson’s Sports Hairshop is now only open for franchising yet already has branches in Bulacan, Paranaque, Tuguegarao, and Santo Tomas, Batangas.
A day after treating us to a free haircut, Thompson treated his home fans with his trademark silent, but deadly performance, dishing six points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals in less than 20 minutes as a starter in the Mindanao All-Stars’ 144-130 win over Gilas Pilipinas.
“Minsan lang ako mapapanood ng mga family ko dito, relatives ko,” Thompson said. “At the same time All-Star game, makakasama ko yung mga magagaling na manlalaro ng PBA, so proud and masaya to represent Davao del Sur and Digos City.”