PBA: Rookie Bong Quinto looking to make the most of opportunity given by Meralco
Santino Honasan on Jan 09, 2019 05:25 PM
"Sobrang excited ko na kasi dream ‘to eh, pangarap ‘to. Panghahawakan ko lang talaga na wag sayangin yung opportunity na binigay nila." - Bong Quinto
Former do-it-all Letran forward Bong Quinto was definitely the surprise of the 2018 PBA Draft.
Not because he was taken too early, but rather because many believe he was taken way too late.
Quinto was expected to be a top-five pick, or at least in the first round, but instead fell to the second pick of the second round, taken by the Meralco Bolts.
Immediately, analysts and experts already labeling him as the year's draft steal.
While being overlooked by the other teams still stings a bit for the former Knight, now it's all about proving that they made a mistake by passing him up.
"Syempre, kahit ako din minsan, iniisip ko na dapat nasa first round ako, pero kailangan mag-move on talaga doon, tapos ginawa ko na lang siyang motivation para i-prove yung sarili ko na deserving din naman ako sa first round," Quinto shared with ABS-CBN Sports.
The important thing is that now, he's on a PBA team, and as expected, there's a bit of an adjustment period.
"Sobrang laking adjustment talaga, kasi yun nga, dito kailangan speed talaga, kailangan mabilis ka."
"Sobrang nag-aadjust pa talaga ako, kasi bagong mga teammates, bagong pakikisama ulit, mga bagong coaches, so medyo naninibago ulit ako sa sistema, kasi sa Letran, basa-basa lang. Dito read, tsaka kailangan mabilis ka talaga," he continued.
Back in college, Quinto was a bruising three that could easily play as a four. Now however, he's in the big leagues, and he'll need to adjust to playing a smaller position.
"Sa ngayon, kinakapa ko pa yung movement, yung mga galaw nila, pinag-aaralan ko pa yung skills nila, kung saan sila malakas, ganun. Ako gusto ko i-improve yung passing and yung dribbling, kasi dito mag-guard na talaga ako eh, tres na yung laro ko dito, hindi na ako pwede mag-big man dito. Yung scoring din, kailangan mo i-prove sa kanila na hindi sila nag-kamali sa pag-pick sa akin."
More than anything, Quinto is excited to give back to the Meralco side for giving him the opportunity of realizing a dream by playing in the PBA.
"Sobrang excited ko na kasi dream ‘to eh, pangarap ‘to. Panghahawakan ko lang talaga na wag sayangin yung opportunity na binigay nila."
"Sana makatulong ako sa team,sa Meralco, kasi siyempre pangarap ko na makapaglaro sa PBA, and sila yung nakapag-bigay ng opportunity sa akin, so bibigay ko talaga yung best ko para makatulong sa team," he concluded.