NCAA opens new opportunity for injured baller Mikee Reyes
Mark Escarlote on Jun 22, 2015 05:13 PM
Injured baller Mikee Reyes (second from left) found another way to continue his hoops career.
Mikee Reyes may be sidelined by an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, but it proved to be a blessing in disguise for the former University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons guard as it opened a new career opportunity.
He may not be able to play ball inside the hardcourt for now but he will still share his experience and expertise in the sport, not as a player wearing basketball jersey but as a well-dressed, smart-looking, coat-and-tie wearing analyst for the 91st season of balik-Kapamilya NCAA.
“Surprising pa rin. Hindi pa rin nagsi-sink in masyado na I’m actually here,” Reyes said Monday after the NCAA press launch at the Mall of Asia Arena. “Iba nu’ng nandito na ako iba noong may meeting sa ABS-CBN."
“It’s an exciting opportunity. It’s a big break for me,” he added. “I’m gonna take it seriously kasi nandito na rin ako. I know the game eh, the college game. I’ve actually been there so I think that’s one of my advantage in terms of analyzing.”
Reyes suffered a right ACL injury during his stint with the Pampanga Foton Tornadoes in the Filsports Basketball Association.
While undergoing therapy, FBA commissioner Vince Hizon asked Reyes to try and cover some games.
He was hesitant at first but when he tried it out for two games, everything clicked.
Watch Reyes' full interview here:
Reyes will have his debut on July 3 in the Arellano University-Lyceum of the Philippines game.
Other NCAA analysts and anchors are Martin Antonio, Migs Bustos, Boom Labrusca, Anton Roxas and coaches Allan Gregorio and Olsen Racela.
Former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Myrtle Sarrosa is the lone courtside reporter.
The league will open on Saturday at the MOA Arena starting 12:00 noon and will be broadcasted live at ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23.
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