University of the Visayas Baby Lancers point guard Beirn Laurente is raring to introduce himself to the national stage after getting an invitation to take part in the tryouts for the National Basketball Training Center’s (NBTC) National All Star Game.
The 16-year old beamed with excitement upon learning of his selection, vowing to bring his fearless mentality to the tryouts where he will be joined by Jancork Cabahug, his stud teammate at UV, and Ateneo de Cebu standouts Errol Pastor and Andrew Velasco.
A relentless pitbull on the basketball court, Laurente is coming off an impressive showing in the recently concluded Cebu NBTC finals.
In the deciding Game Three, with Cabahug hounded by Ateneo de Cebu’s swarming defense, the Baybay, Leyte-native stepped up and scored 22 points in the narrow loss.
And with the tryouts slated on the 25th and the 26th at the San Beda campus in Mendiola looming on the horizon, Laurente vowed to play the same relentless mentality that has helped him earn his lofty reputation in the high school ranks in Cebu.
“I feel very confident regardless of who I will be going up against at the tryouts. I don’t fear anyone regardless of who they are and how famous they are. I just have confidence in myself,” said Laurente.
When asked where he got his aggressiveness from, Laurente said that he just learned to have it playing in different leagues and basketball games since he was taught the game at age four.
The stocky 5-foot-7 guard is greteful to have been given the chance to play for UV after he was discovered by the school’s lead scout, Van Halen Parmis, in a basketball clinic at his hometown.
“There was a clinic at my hometown and coach Van (Parmis) was there. So he brought me over to Cebu where I tried out. And luckily, I got a spot on the team,” Laurente stated.
Now, he will be looking to earn one of the 30 spots at stake in the much-anticipated all star game which will be played under the bright lights of the SM Mall of Asia Arena.