CONTRARY to popular opinion, GlobalPort guard Terrence Romeo said he is looking forward to teaming up with Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle if he is made the top pick overall in the coming PBA rookie draft.
Romeo admitted he has yet to see the 6-foot-1 Pringle play, though he has heard a lot of positive things about the former Indonesia Warriors guard from his stint in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
“Hindi ko pa siya napapanood maglaro pero siyempre, di naman siya pipiliin kung di siya deserving sa PBA. I’m sure malaki ang maitutulong niya (in the PBA),” Romeo told Spin.ph when reached for comment on Friday.
A separate report by the Bulletin on Thursday said agents of Pringle, who has seen action in leagues around Europe, are demanding a pay of US$20,000 a month - way over the P150,000 cap for PBA rookies.
Romeo declined to delve on the turn of events, saying it is something he has 'no control over."
While Romeo said he’s excited to welcome and even play alongside the 27-year-old Pringle, he said it wouldn’t be a problem if ever Globalport management decides to select former NLEX players like Kevin Alas or Garvo Lanete instead.
“Siyempre, yung mga NLEX players eh nakapaglaro na rin naman sila sa Philippine team so malaking bagay din yun kung isa sa kanila makuha ng team at if ever, eh maging teammate ko sila,” the 22-year-old former UAAP MVP added.
A backcourt that has Romeo at shooting guard and Pringle at the point could easily guarantee an explosive backcourt for Globalport, which is itching to come out with a respectable showing in its third season in the pro league this October.
However, all that could change should Globalport make good its plan to shift its eyes on one of the NLEX players.
As of the moment, NLEX stars Jake Pascual, Matt Ganuelas, Ronald Pascual, Alas, and Lanete have yet to submit their rookie applications pending their meeting with team owner Manny V. Pangilinan next week.