DESPITE being selected by one of the bottom teams in the PBA Rookie Draft, Art Dela Cruz remains thankful for the opportunity to play in the pro league.
The San Beda star is unmindful of the Elite’s woeful 4-29 win-loss card during their maiden season in the league where they finished last in all the three conferences.
The important thing according to the No. 9 pick overall, is he’s in the PBA now.
“Masaya ako. PBA pa rin naman eh. Basta nasa PBA na ako, hindi natin alam kung ano pa ang mangyayari. Five to 10 years, tignan natin. Laruin ko muna,” said Dela Cruz, who scored a career-high 30 points Tuesday in the Red Lions’ 96-84 win over Emilio Aguinaldo College in their NCAA Season 91 second round game.
Dela Cruz said he has not spoken with Blackwater officials yet following a team dinner after the draft as he is focused on playing for the Mendiola-based school in the NCAA.
But he does know the predicament of Blackwater following a disappointing first season in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.
“Oo naman. Kailangan ko ring harapin ‘yun. Pero I’m looking forward to playing with them. Masaya naman ako. Kahit anong mangyari, PBA pa naman ‘yan eh,” said Dela Cruz.
He admitted being in good hands under Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac.
“I think ‘yung role ko, for sure, alam ni coach Leo ‘yung magiging role ko at ‘yung capability ko. Tiwala lang,” said Dela Cruz.
Dela Cruz also said receiving words of encouragement from his dad, Barako Bull deputy coach Art Dela Cruz shortly after the draft.
“Sabi nga ng Daddy ko, 'Laro lang, pakita mo na deserving ka sa playing time. Pakita mo na magaling kang player,'” he added.