DESPITE taking a break from competitive basketball, Spencer Eman took a big step in the right direction after being drafted by GlobalPort in the 2016 PBA Draft on Sunday.
Selected in the fourth round by the Batang Pier, the 6-foot-7 Eman was surprised to be picked at all as the former National University cager stepped away from top-level basketball for a significant period of time.
Listed as the second tallest player from the 53 aspirants in the draft, Eman last played in Manila for Derulo Accelero in the PBA D-League two years ago but decided to head back to his home province of Davao to work at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 11 office.
“Nasa probinsya lang po ako. Laro laro lang tapos trabaho,” said the soft-spoken Eman.
But the itch remained and he finally decided to try and make it to the PBA like his brother Samigue - the reason he applied for the draft despite not seeing action in top amateur leagues since 2014.
“Naisip ko lang na kaya ko eh, kaya tinry ko,” said Eman.
Now that he was selected by the Batang Pier, Eman said he will work hard to prove that he belongs and bounce back from what he believed was an unimpressive stint in the PBA Draft Combine.
“Hindi ko akalain na may magpi-pick sa akin kasi hindi maganda performance ko nung camp. Ibibigay ko ‘yung best ko para kung ano man ‘yung puwede kong maitulong as a role player, gagawin ko,” Eman said.