FORMER PBA player Alvin Teng stressed bulking up should be one of his son Jeric’s immediate goal as the outgoing University of Santo Tomas star joins the PBA Draft set on November 3 at Robinson’s Place in Malate.
The elder Teng said the UST guard will have to be prepared for a lot of banging given the physical nature of games in Asia’s first ever pro league - the reason he should make sure his body can take all the physicality.
“Usually, mag-a-adjust pa siya from college to PBA. Pagdating niya dun (PBA), unti-unti lalaki pa siya, pero kailangan niya mag-weights,” Teng told Spin.ph.
Teng, a known defensive stopper during his prime who goes by the monicker 'Robocop,' said the title series against De La Salle and his brother Jeron prepared Jeric mentally for the transition to the pro ranks, especially after playing under UST coach Pido Jarencio.
“Yung experience niya (in the UAAP Finals), malaki ang naitulong nun lalo na sa mga natutunan niya kay coach Pido. Kumpiyansa ako sa kanya, at lalo siyang tumapang after niya ma-injured. Mas nagbago laro niya, mas nag-mature siya,” added Teng, a key player of the San Miguel Beer squad that won a PBA Grand Slam in 1989.
The younger Teng averaged 14.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in his final UAAP season, helping the Tigers to a back-to-back runner-up finish.