SCOTTIE Thompson is among the people who don’t just have dreams, but they do what they can to turn them into reality.
The Barangay Ginebra star recently checked off another item on his bucket list with the completion of his dream house in his native Digos City, Davao del Sur.
Thompson proudly posted on his social media accounts his all-white two-storey home that has six bedrooms and four bathrooms, and sits on a 600-square meter lot.
“Nakakatuwa kasi yung hard work, yung pangarap dati na magkabahay family ko, magulang ko, masaya,” the 25-year-old playmaker said in a chat with SPIN.ph on Wednesday after Ginebra’s first practice since their PBA Philippine Cup exit.
Since first moving to Manila to play for Perpetual Help in college, the wide-eyed self-proclaimed promdi already had a goal to put up a house for a family which has always been supportive of his endeavors.
So when Ginebra took him with the fifth overall pick in the 2015 Draft, the former NCAA MVP didn’t think twice about buying the huge lot that he had been eyeing for some time with his first paycheck from the Gin Kings.
“Syempre yung suporta at hard work din ng family ko from the start nung wala pa ako sa PBA, so kailangan ko masuklian sa ganung paraan, mabigyan sila ng magandang buhay. So far, okay naman,” Thompson said.
“Yung unang advance ko sa Ginebra, talagang hindi na ako nagdalawang-isip na bilhin yung lot na yun sa Digos,” he added.
Thompson has long known that it’s never too early to prepare for life after basketball, evidenced by putting up his barber shop business a few years ago, a venture that has steadily grown into a franchise chain.
Now, he’s starting to reap the fruits of his labor.
“Nakakatuwa lang kasi may napupuntahan yung pera ko sa pagba-basketball,” the 6-foot-1 rebounding demon said. “At the same time, nakikinabang yung family ko. Yun yung pinaka-importante.”
Thompson bared it took almost 10 months for his dream house to be completed, jokingly citing budget constraints.
“Tagal din kasi pag kulang ng budget, stop muna,” he said with a laugh. “Ganun talaga. Inuunti-unti ko lang hanggang nabuo.”
It helps that Ginebra won PBA championships – that come with hefty bonuses – from time to time.
“Pag nagcha-champion kami, ang laking bagay din,” Thompson said with a smile. “Thankful.”
Asked how much he raised to build his dream home, Thompson declined to divulge any figures, and instead marveled at his latest investment.
“Simple lang pero elegante kasi all white,” Thompson said. “Ever since talaga, all white kahit sa mga sasakyan ko.”
The highlight of the house is Thompson’s bedroom that has access to the basketball half-court that’s suitable for shooting practice.
“May basketball court, talagang hindi mawawala,” Thompson said. “May weights room din, kasi pag uuwi ako dun bakasyon, syempre gusto ko makapagpa-kundisyon pa rin kahit papaano.”
At such a young age, Scottie has had a lot to be proud of. But building a dream house for the family? That should rank high up there among his proudest moments.