Kia drafts Christian the former Mazda agent with first pick of round 5

Paul Lintag on Oct 30, 2017 04:45 PM
Kia drafts Christian the former Mazda agent
Christian Geronimo had a basketball dream and after Sunday's Draft, the Kia Picanto made that dream a reality.

Kia drafted a Christian alright, but it wasn't Standhardinger.

Using their first pick of the fifth round, the Picanto selected Christian Geronimo. Christian Geronimo is a former Mazda sales agent.

A former Mazda sales agent ended up as a PBA Draft pick for Kia? It doesn't get more unconventional than that.

A relatively unknown, Geronimo does have some actual basketball experience. He's no Kobe Caluya after all.

The 5'11" Geronimo studied at Letran in the mid-2000s, making the Knights' Team B. After his stint in Intramuros, he transferred to PUP where he was part of the varsity squad's Team A. He never saw league action though.

On Sunday, Kia made the 29-year-old's PBA dream a reality and Geronimo is determined to make this opportunity count.

He even has a set plan in place. He says he wants to try to do what Scottie Thompson does for Ginebra.

"Pagbubutihin ko po sa depensa ko, kasi maramin naman na pong scorer sa PBA eh. Gagayahin ko po yung ginagawa ni Scottie Thompson, sipag sa depensa, rebound, hustle, ganon," Geronimo said.

"Kung ano pong makakaya ko i-contribute ibibigay ko po talaga sa team na to. Nagpapasalamat po ako at nagtiwala po sila sakin. Pagtatrabahuhan ko po talaga to," he added.

Geronimo might even be willing to act as a Kia sales agent if it boils down to it. Whatever it takes.

He's joking of course. But is he really?

"Siguro habang player ako, pwede ako mag-ahente sa kanila. Di biro lang po," Geronimo said. "Kung ida-draft nila ako as a salesmn, pwede rin. De joke lang, biigay ko po talaga lahat ng makakaya ko sa team na to."

On a serious note, Christian Geronimo is a guy that took the unconventional way to the PBA and the 29-year-old former car salesman is just happy he got to live out his basketball dream.

"Masarap po. Masarap sa pakiramdam. Parang nananaginip po ako, di ko ma-explain. Di ko po akalain na makaka-akyat ako sa stage ng PBA Draft," Geronimo said.



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