AFTER almost losing his way after an unceremonious exit at Jose Rizal University, Tey Teodoro seemed to have found his way back with a realistic crack at Ginebra's opening day roster for the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.
"Positive lang ako always. Kinausap naman ako ni coach Tim (Cone) at possible nga na ma-lineup ako," he shared with glee as the Gin Kings started their buildup for the upcoming season on Friday.
Columbian Dyip took Teodoro in the third round of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft. The 25-year-old, however, was left unsigned, prompting him to try his luck at Ginebra.
Teodoro's chances for a roster spot were further bolstered by the sudden departure of Jett Manuel, as well as Jeff Chan and Julian Sargent both recovering from injuries.
"I think there's a really good chance. Right now, we have open spots in our roster," bared Cone, who also expressed seeing positive things from the stocky shooter who spent most of the past year with Batangas City Athletics in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
"We're very impressed with Teytey. I think he has PBA skills. He's a really accomplished offensive player, and it's just really a matter whether he has the defense to come and play in our system and whether he has the speed and quickness to match up with the point guards around the league."
Cone even went as far as likening Teodoro to a former PBA MVP he's handled before in his time with Alaska.
"He reminds me so much of Willie Miller in terms of skills. He has the same type of skills that Willie has and he knows how to use his body. I'm really impressed with him," he said.
However, Teodoro isn't resting on his laurels as he tries to prove that he belongs in Ginebra.
"Focus lang ako sa practice. Ine-enjoy ko lang na makasabayan ko yung mga star players dito," he said. "Basta kung bigyan ako ng chance ni coach Tim, bibigay ko lang ang best ko. Kung gamitin man nila ako o hindi, ibibigay ko lang ang best ko."