Ken Tuffin out to make mom proud by making it to the PBA

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 27, 2020 01:12 PM
Ken Tuffin out to make mom proud by making it to the PBA
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For the next two months, Ken Tuffin will be showcasing his skills in the New Zealand National Basketball League.

The Far Eastern University captain was a starter in his very first game for the Taranaki Mountainairs and had a solid showing of 10 points, four rebounds, and two steals.

Whether or not he's in the first five, though, Tuffin vowed to just keep doing what he has always done - go all-out. "Coach puts us in different groups depending on the personnel so I think I started last time for matchup purposes. Whatever it is, I'm really thankful for them," he said in last Friday's The Prospects Pod.

He then continued, "Obviously, I'll just take all opportunities and do the best I can to help the team."

In the end, the Filipino-Kiwi's stint in New Zealand will help out the Tamaraws - the Tamaraws who will, no doubt, welcome back with open arms their 6-foot-4 forward who had just gotten valuable international experience.

And in the end, Tuffin's time in Taranaki will only be a big boost for his first and foremost dream - the PBA. "The end goal is always to play professionally. I would love to play in the PBA, of course, because it would mean a lot to me as well as my family," he said.

The 23-year-old traces his roots to La Union where his mother was born and bred as well as Pangasinan and Pampanga where his relatives now reside.

"It would mean a lot to have someone from my mom's side to make it (to the PBA)," he said. "It would really make them proud to (experience) something like that. Definitely, that's one of my goals."

Of course, Tuffin is taking it one step a time and his full focus is on the Mountainais now - with FEU and then the PBA Draft not that far behind.

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