EXPECT Jeron Teng to be a better shooter this season, according to La Salle coach Juno Sauler.
“He has improved a lot on his outside shots and free throws,” Sauler said of last season's Finals MVP. “Probably you’ll see him shoot the threes more.”
Teng admitted spending a lot of hours working on his shot during the offseason, something he admits is the weakness of his game during his rookie season.
With La Salle having big man Arnold Van Opstal a threat at the post, Teng’s improved shooting hopefully opens up other opportunities not just for him but for his teammates.
“Sabi kasi ng mga coaches, our opponents are sagging already so they want me to develop my shooting, not only for me, because once I make my shots, magkaka-open looks din ‘yung mga teammates ko,” said Teng in a talk with sportswriters during the soft launch of Star Factor talent agency on Thursday night.
Teng shot just 10 percent from beyond the three-point arc last year. He’s also been a liability for La Salle as far as free throws are concerned as he hit only 53 percent from the foul line, the worst among the Green Archers with at least 20 conversions.
“Basically, ‘yung weakness ko from last year is ‘yung shooting ko. I tried to develop it talaga para makatulong sa team lalo na sa free throws dahil most of the time, ako ‘yung napa-foul. Bumababa ‘yung free throw shooting ko dahil sa akin,” said Teng.
As for the coming season, Teng said he feels La Salle has a big target on its back as the Archers are coming in as the defending champion.
“Now, I’m really confident that we are prepared for the UAAP. All summer long, we stayed here and focused on the preseason. Pinaghandaan talaga namin ang UAAP.
“Defending champion kami so there is added pressure. All other teams have us as targets. Kami naman, it’s a collective effort. We help each other out,” said the younger of two playing sons of former PBA player Alvin Teng.