TERENCE Mustre, the son of former PBA player Mike who made waves during his high school career in London, is back in the country hoping to make De La Salle's team in the coming UAAP season.
Described as a burly point guard with deceptive speed and good three-point shooting, Mustre is now training with the Green Archers pool joining star Jeron Teng, another son of a former PBA player.
“I’m excited to play because I get to play the best players in the UAAP,” said the 20-year-old Terence in an interview with Spin.ph on Friday.
The 5-9 Mustre also dreams of playing in the PBA like his dad, but for now he is focused on making the Green Archers' lineup in Season 77 after a stellar high school career with Harris Academy in London.
The elder Mustre, a Letran product, suited up for San Miguel during his playing days in the PBA, where Alvin Teng was also one of the cornerstones of the Beermen squad during the 1990s.
When his basketball career was over, Mike moved to London along with Terence, who was born in the Philippines and was in first-year high school at San Beda when the family migrated.
Like most sons of former PBA players, the younger Mustre said his father, who is still in London working in a hospital, had a great influence in his game.
“Since London pa, he always watched my games," said Terrence, who will be competing for spots in the backcourt with players like Bacolod sensation Kib Montalbo. "He influenced me and motivated me that you can do this.”
Terence caught the eye of La Salle after leading Harris Academy to a few titles including the 2013 England Basketball/BCS Under 19 Premier Championship. He won the MVP award in that tournament.
In an ABS-CBN News interview two years ago, England Under-18 coach Steven Bucknall had good words for Mustre, saying: “He's one of the best ball handlers in the country so I can see him going quite far.”
La Salle coach Juno Sauler said Mustre is quick for his size.
“He is kind of deceiving because he is very quick and has a good three-point shot,” said Sauler.
Still, Terence said he is not under the impression that he can readily make the Green Archers' lineup.
“Mahirap. Everyone is fighting for a spot. There are 18 of us,” said Mustre, who also bared plans of playing in the pros someday, just like his father.
“I want to follow his footsteps even though we are a different kind of player,” said Terence.
But for now, Terence is focused on earning his stripes in the college leagues. He hopes his father will be back in the Philippines and watching from the stands, just like in high school, when he finally suits up for the Green Archers.
“Hopefully, he comes back when I play,” said Mustre.