Jr. NBA: Sexton, Ticha want young Pinoy ballers to keep working

Paul Lintag on May 17, 2019 05:45 PM
Jr. NBA: Sexton, Ticha want young ballers to keep working
“Just keep working. Someone is still watching” — Cavs guard Collin Sexton.

Being great at basketball is a lot of hard work.

It takes a lot of dedication and for most players that get to an elite level, preparation starts at a very young age.

And so for the 2019 Jr. NBA Philippines program, Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton and WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro want aspiring young Pinoy ballers to keep working and chasing that elusive basketball dream.

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Penicheiro, who left her native Portugal to pursue a career in basketball in the United States, says that programs like Jr. NBA are a great help to aspiring athletes all over the globe.

It’s something she wished she had access to growing up.

“It’s amazing, they [Jr. NBA athletes] don’t even know how lucky they are. I wish when i was their age I had an opportunity to play in a league like the Jr. NBA,” Penicheiro told ABS-CBN Sports.

“Anytime you associate the name, ‘NBA’ to anything, it’s major right? Basketball is a growing sport and the NBA does a great job of creating opportunities for young kids not just boys but also girls,” she added.

Penicheiro was the no. 2 pick of the 1998 WNBA Draft and she won the WNBA title in 2005 with the Sacramento Monarchs.

She officially retired in 2012 and has since transitioned into being an agent.

“I think the secret for success is to love what you do and work hard. Those are the two things that I know I did and it worked out for me,” Ticha said.

“I completely love the game and I worked everyday to get better. These kids, the most important thing is they have fun because they’re still kids and to have big dreams to to work hard to accomplish those dreams.

Also helping out the top youth players aged 13-14 for the 2019 Jr. NBA Philippines program is Collin Sexton, the Cavs’ top lottery pick from last year.

Sexton, who finished with an average of 16.6 points, 3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists for his rookie year in Cleveland, is also big on work ethic and that’s what he’d like to remind everyone over at Jr. NBA Philippines.

“Just keep working. Someone is still watching,” Sexton told ABS-CBN Sports.

“Don’t ever give up on yourself and believe when nobody else does. I can be a testament to that just because when people were doubting me, I just kept working,” he added.

 

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