PBA: 'Mr. Irrelevant' John Ragasa hopes to make it big with Stanley Pringle
Philip Matel on Dec 16, 2018 08:13 PM
John Ragasa would like to change the paradigm as this year's 'Mr. Irrelevant.'
People may call people like John Ragasa as Mr. Irrelevant, but he hopes to make the difference as the newest member of the NorthPort Batang Pier.
The 5'10 guard out of St. Mary's University came all the way from London to pursue his professional basketball dreams in the Philippines, and was selected with the third pick of the fifth round, 50th overall, the very last of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.
"It's surreal to say the least, but it has finally happened. A long grind, for a lack of a better term," Ragasa said.
With Ragasa being called to the podium, what could be a classic moment in the annual event's history, he, Stanley Pringle, and Mo Tautuaa, who all sported long beards, posed for the cameras and elicited laughter from the crowd at Robinson's Place Manila.
Jokes aside, Ragasa hopes that he could complement the scoring prowess of Pringle with his tenacious defense, which could work wonders for coach Pido Jarencio's squad.
The 27-year-old guard, along with third overall pick Robert Bolick, Edrian Lao, and Jeremiah Taladua will be battling in the offseason for minutes in the rotation, but Ragasa hopes that he could draw inspiration from one of the smaller guards in the NBA.
"I don't want to draw comparisons between the PBA and NBA but Isaiah Thomas was the last pick. And he got himself some set of milestones. Take it each day as it comes," Ragasa exclaimed.
Of course, Isaiah Thomas was picked last by the Sacramento Kings, 60th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.
He then played for the Phoenix Suns, and rose to one of the NBA's best scoring guards as a member of the Boston Celtics, where he led the 17-time champs to the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.
Since his days as a player in the PBA D-League, Ragasa said that he grew better in terms of professionalism, and with that, a stark reminder for him that anything may happen in his career.
If he gets a chance to work with Pringle, the gritty guard shared how he would help NorthPort.
"I think it certainly changes the dynamic, because I like to think of myself as a selfless player. I'm definitely team-first. I think, that the dynamic would change, but for the better."
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