JOINING Barangay Ginebra was a dream come true for Teytey Teodoro.
Teodoro has been signed to a one-conference deal by the Gin Kings - a career shift he didn't expect after being drafted in the third round, and later left unsigned, by Columbian Dyip in the last PBA draft.
“Siyempre, sobrang saya kasi dream team ko ‘to,” said Teodoro after he played his first tune-up game with Barangay Ginebra on Thursday against Phoenix Pulse.
The former Jose Rizal University standout said he was left stunned after getting a call from Ginebra coaches.
“Na-shock ako eh. Nagulat na lang ako na one day, tumawag sa akin si coach Richard (Del Rosario, Ginebra assistant coach), sabi sa amin ka na. By January 4, sa amin ka na mag-ensayo (sabi niya). Sobrang saya ko sa Ginebra,” said Teodoro.
Aside from the fact that he is joining a team with a cult following, Teodoro said he is eager to learn from the likes of Ginebra veteran guard LA Tenorio.
“Gusto ko rin matuto. Mas marami akong matututunan. Ine-enjoy ko lang every practice at tune-up. At least, medyo nakasabay ako dun sa tune-up,” said Teodoro after scoring eight points behind two treys in Ginebra’s 91-86 win over Phoenix.
Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone was happy with Teodoro’s performance.
“We got Teytey Teodoro who we really like. We had a practice game and he played brilliantly. Players are enthused about him,” said Cone.
Despite his decent numbers and the positive words from Cone, Teodoro said he still has a lot to learnentering his first season in the league.
“Okay naman ‘yung laro ko pero mas marami pa akong dapat matutunan. Hindi lang score. Basta willing ako makinig sa mga coaches dito,” said Teodoro.