ROI Sumang, one of the last players to be taken in the PBA Rookie Draft, became among the first to be signed up when he inked a two-year, multi-million deal with GlobalPort on Tuesday.
Sumang’s manager Lawrence Chongson told Spin.ph that Sumang has signed a contract with GlobalPort, just two days after the projected first rounder fell to the third round in the draft at Robinsons Place in Manila.
He declined to divulge details.
“He is more than happy,” said the controversial Chongson. “Nagpapasalamat kami sa GlobalPort sa pagpapahalaga nila kay Roi Sumang.”
Chongson also thanked GlobalPort owner Mikee Romero, team governor Erick Arejola, team manager Bonnie Tan, and head coach Pido Jarencio for bringing Sumang to the Batang Pier, calling Romero a 'champion team owner.'
“Masaya kami na mapabilang sa grupo ni Boss Mikee. Isa siyang champion team owner and we are elated that he opened the doors for us,” said Chongson.
Sumang slipping to the third round came as a surprise for basketball observers after the Tondo-raised player cut a reputation as a high-scoring guard with the University of the East Red Warriors in the UAAP.
Sumang, a former UAAP Mythical Five member, said he is very happy to be welcomed with open arms by the whole team since attending his first practice on Monday.
“Nagulat ako na sobrang welcome ako sa GlobalPort. Sila pa itong parang bino-boost ‘yung morale ko,” said Sumang.
Sumang said he has put the draft snub behind him, adding he is determined to repay GlobalPort’s trust in him.
“Kahit third round pick ako, para sa kanila, first round pick ‘yung turing nila sa akin. Kaya talagang pursigido ako na suklian ‘yung tiwala nila sa akin,” Sumang said.
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