Still a student-athlete, Teng already favored for D-League MVP

Still a student-athlete, Teng favored for D-League MVP
ACHIEVER. Jeron Teng is leading the league-leaders all while also studying for his double-degree.

Jeron Teng remains on track for a recognition that has long eluded him in the UAAP.

On the back of a league-leading 23.9 points per game on top of 6.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists, the De La Salle University product is the frontrunner for MVP in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

Unlike last conference when he fell short as his team did not make the semifinals, Teng is now safely inside the Final Four as the top gun for league-leading and undefeated Flying V.

Without a doubt, the 24-year-old has both the individual numbers and the team wins for the MVP – something he was not able to win when he dominated the UAAP.

And as if he needed even more credentials, Teng also became the first and only player in league history to record a triple-double three times in one conference. “What I like about Jeron is yung kanyang ability to involve his teammates. That’s a very good sign ng magaling na player,” head coach Eric Altamirano said, nothing but proud of his prized ward.

As it turns out, the always amiable mentor had much to do with the burly forward’s newfound all-around game.

Already a proven scorer, Teng was challenged by Altamirano to showcase the other parts of his game. As the coach said then, “Jeron has nothing to prove when it comes to scoring so the good thing is he’s showing he’s a multi-dimensional player. Before he’s known as a scorer and ngayon, he’s trying to evolve the other aspects of his game.”

The Thunder star has done just that. “Si Jeron kasi, achiever yan. When he puts his mind to it, he will not stop until he gets it,” Altamirano expressed.

And all of this, while also completing his studies in DLSU. “Of course, I’m rooting for him to win it kasi yung dedication niya talaga. Mind you, he’s studying,” the mentor said.

He then continued, “That’s not a joke.”

Teng continues his top-notch year as he leads Flying V in its best-of-three semifinal series against Centro Escolar University commencing on Thursday.

And yes, he will still have to mind to the double-degree he’s studying for.

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