THEY may not look compatible on the playing court, but Terrence Romeo looks forward at playing alongside top rookie pick Stanley Pringle as the two definitely makes Globalport a competitive team come the 40th PBA season.
Romeo, who plays the point guard chores the former Indonesia Warrior, admitted Pringle brings a lot to the Batang Pier in terms of skills and playing attitude.
“Excited na akong makapaglaro kasama si Stanley,” said Romeo after he emerged from the dugout of Far Eastern University shortly after the Tamaraws’ UAAP men’s basketball game on Saturday.
“Para sa akin, magiging competitive na ‘yung team namin.”
Globalport got a big boost to its rebuilding mode after drafting Pringle no. 1 overall in last week’s PBA Draft. The explosive former Penn State guard played in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) before joining Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.
Aside from the talent he brings to the Batang Pier, Romeo said Pringle is proving to be a great teammate so far as the team prepares for the new season set to kick off on October.
“Mabait siya, sobrang mabait kausap at humble. Walang kayabang-yabang sa katawan,” said Romeo.
“Para sa akin talaga, malaking tulong si Stanley,” he added.
As he watched FEU beat University of the Philippines on Saturday, Romeo was noticeably fit compared to the time when he played for the Tamaraws last season and won the UAAP Most Valuable Player award and later on, the Rookie of the Year in the PBA.
Romeo said he slimmed down after he was hounded with knee injuries in his first year as a pro.
“Nagbawas lang ako ng kain kasi sumasakit tuhod ko. Pero hindi pa ito totally ‘yung weight ko. May one month pa ako. Hindi ko pa alam kung ito na talaga. Pag-iisipan ko pa kung ano ‘yung fit sa akin.”
Romeo said he has toned down on his eating habit, including lessening his rice intake.
“Dati tatlong kanin every meal. Ngayon, dalawa na lang,” he shared.