JERIC Teng is now ripe for the PBA and even has the potential to become one of the league’s best in the future, according to University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio.
Teng on Wednesday joined the list of amateur players looking to go pro, just days after UST came up just short of capturing the UAAP crown in his final year in college against De La Salle, where his younger brother Jeron plays.
“Ready na si Jeric. Puwede siya maging future ng team na kukuha sa kanya,” said Jarencio, Teng’s coach for his entire five-year stay with UST.
Centers Greg Slaughter, Ian Sangalang, and Raymund Almazan are expected to be the first three picks of the PBA draft on November 3 by Barangay Ginebra, San Mig Coffee, and Rain or Shine, respectively.
Jarencio believes Teng would also be among the early picks due to his qualities as a shooting guard.
“Okay sa two-spot si Jeric. Kumpleto na ’yung bata sa ballhandling, shooting, assists, and he can play defense physically,” said Jarencio, who had a 17-year career in the PBA after playing for UST in the 1980s.
Globalport, sources said, is interested in drafting the eldest son of former PBA cager Alvin Teng as well as fellow late entry RR Garcia. They are now in talks about obtaining Barako Bull’s sixth pick in the November draft.
Garcia on Tuesday left the Gilas cadet pool to join the PBA draft this year.