PBA DRAFT: Fil-Canadian guard out to make a name for himself
Paul Lintag on Dec 15, 2018 05:12 PM
"I have always set my sight to become a PBA player. I would like to reach this goal, do well in the PBA and make a name for myself much like the other Fil-foreign players," --- Job Cariaga. (PBA)
The top-3 picks of the 2018 PBA Draft are pretty much set.
However, there are gems to be found once you get over the marquee names present in this year's selection.
One of those gems could be Job Cariaga.
Just like Trevis Jackson, Cariaga is a Fil-foreign guard who had to do his thing in the PBA D-League to garner enough traction before making the jump.
And just like Jackson, Cariaga's scoring and his attention to defense can get him picked and land a spot on the rotation of a PBA team.
"I can score like any other guards but what I believe differentiates me is the fact that i aslo could deliver more by focusing on doing the dirty work like playing tough defense and setting up my teammates," Cariaga told ABS-CBN Sports.
"In basketball, there needs to be some selflessness for the team to win," he added.
Cariaga is a Fil-Canadian prospect who played for AMA and Zarks-Lyceum in the D-League.
It's been his lifelong dream to make it to the PBA and he gets the chance Sunday.
Aside from playing in the D-League, Cariaga also impressed in the two-day PBA Draft Combine where his select team finished second in the day tournament Thursday.
On top of having experience in the D-League, it doesn't hurt to have a fine showing in the Combine, especially for a prospect like Job.
"Playing in the D-League validated my belief in the sport and gave me the toughness to excel in this craft. It was tough to prove myself because I was Fil-Canadian but over time I got more focus," he said.
"I have always set my sight to become a PBA player. I would like to reach this goal, do well in the PBA and make a name for myself much like the other Fil-foreign players," Cariaga added.
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