WITH Globalport bent on selecting highly touted Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle with the top overall pick in next month’s PBA rookie draft, question on whether he can co-exist with sophomore shooting guard Terrence Romeo now abound.
There are so such fears, however, for Romeo's camp.
Romeo’s agent and SMTM talent management founder Nino Reyes said the former UAAP MVP, who has loomed large as one of Batang Pier’s star players, definitely welcomes the arrival of Pringle and doesn’t see any problem playing alongside the former Indonesia Warrior stalwart.
Pringle plays the point, while Romeo basically plays the one-two spots, Reyes pointed out.
“We’re not threatened at all. Stanley will play one, Terrence will play the two (guard spot),” Reyes said.
“I think the two can help each other. We can have a two guard set-up, you can have a very small running team,” added the grandson of FEU patriarch Nicanor Reyes, Sr.
Globalport head of basketball operations Erick Arejola is also excited to see how a potentially exciting Romeo-Pringle backcourt partnership will evolve.
“I think hindi magsasapawan ang dalawa. Pringle is a veteran and a pass-first player, evident is how he played with the Indonesia Warriors in the ABL and Penn State in the US,” said the chief lieutenant of businessman Mikee Romero.
Reyes said Romeo has already matured and showed his unselfishness in his remarkable showing as part of the Manila West team that ruled the last Fiba 3x3 Asia Pacific Championships.
“With how Romeo played in that Fiba tournament, you can already see how he has evolved as a player. He’s the one dishing the important and crucial assists to KG Canaleta, Rey Guevarra, and Aldrech Ramos,” he said.
“Nakikita natin na kaya naman ni Terrence magpasa ng bola if given the chance. And he’s been doing that. Hindi siya buwaya. Terrence is maturing in his second year in the PBA,” added Reyes of Romeo, a regular in FEU’s Hammer training facilities in Fairview, Quezon City.
Reyes also believes Romeo has what it takes to be GlobalPort's standard-bearer.
“We don’t want to force anything, but Terrence with the help of the team’s veterans, he can be a franchise player, like Paul Lee of Rain or Shine or James Yap of San Mig,” said Reyes, who labels Romeo as the ‘Allen Iverson’ of the Philippines.
“He’s small but he can score.”