A fifth straight PBA D-League title for NLEX and at least contributing to a third place finish for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship this August would be a fitting end to Greg Slaughter’s amateur career.
The 7-foot Slaughter has signified his intention to turn pro by next year and is hopeful he’ll accomplish both goals by the time he joins the PBA Draft in November.
“I’ve just been preparing myself for that (turning pro). I want to join the Draft in November as well as try to finish my school as much as I can because I don’t want that (academics) to be put to waste,” Slaughter told Spin.ph.
The former Ateneo big man played a big part in the Road Warriors’ two-game sweep of the Big Chill Super Chargers in their semifinal showdown to reach the Finals of the D-League for the fifth straight time.
Slaughter and the Road Warriors now await the winner of the sudden-death match between Boracay Rum and Blackwater Sports for the right to play in the championship series.
The youthful slotman, who left the University of Visayas to join Ateneo a few years back, is aware the PBA offers a far different level of competition owing to its physicality.
“So mostly, I tried to build a solid base on my body as I play in the PBA and be really strong,” added Slaughter.
His open intention to turn pro can easily be alluring for teams bound for the lottery picks in the scheduled November Draft, where he’s expected to share the spotlight with another top prospect in reigning NCAA MVP Ian Sangalang, who plays for EA Regen in the D-League.
“I’m not pressured at all (to be the top draft prospect), but I’m more motivated and I’m pretty excited on where I could end up. But certainly, I’ll be ready to play,” he said.
While the Draft positions will not be officially known until the end of the Governors Cup, among the teams that have a big shot at Slaughter are Barako Bull (two first-round picks), Barangay Ginebra (first-round pick from Air 21), San Mig Coffee (from Barako Bull), and Global Port.