Rosario shared the court with NU Pep squad to practice shooting
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jul 01, 2020 11:53 AM
"Talagang hindi mo sila pwede paalisin. Buti na lang yung coach ng pep squad nakilala ko, kaibigan namin. So pag nagsho-shooting ako alam na niya kahit tumatalbog sa kanila yung bola, alam na niya." — Troy Rosario on his extra shooting practices at NU while their champion pep squad was practicing.
While playing for the NU Bulldogs, Troy Rosario climbed the ranks from being a Team B prospect to become a key piece for a history-making championship team.
Rosario complemented the hulking Alfred Aroga by turning himself into a versatile power forward, forming NU's solid foundation.
Among the skills that greatly helped Troy's transformation was his shooting, which he worked on for countless hours at the gym.
"Isa sa naka-tulong sa akin yung na-improve ko yung shooting ko. Naalala ko yun, bago yung championship year namin, talagang halos araw-araw ako nagsho-shooting, 9-11 p.m.," Rosario said.
The TNT forward looked back at his days from NU in the 2OT podcast with PBA broadcasters Magoo Marjon and Carlo Pamintuan.
"Yung isang roommate ko, yun laging niyayaya ko. Minsan, araw-araw yun tapos talagang pag may time kami after ng practice, talagang ginugugol namin sa shooting bago pumasok sa school," he added.
In his quest to shoot as many times as he can, Troy even shared the court with the NU Pep Squad, then the school's crown jewel.
The NU Pep Squad started their UAAP Cheerdance dynasty in Season 76 and when they were the ones in training, they were not to be disturbed. Even then, Rosario maximized the space available on the court just to get his shots up.
"Yung pep squad namin, nagte-training din sa court pero pwede mag-shooting sa side," Rosario said.
"Talagang hindi mo sila pwede paalisin. Buti na lang yung coach ng pep squad nakilala ko, kaibigan namin. So pag nagsho-shooting ako alam na niya kahit tumatalbog sa kanila yung bola, alam na niya," he added.
Rosario's tireless hours at the gym proved to be worth it.
Following NU's UAAP Season 77 title, Troy was picked no. 2 in the PBA Draft. By 2016, he finally made the Gilas Pilipinas lineup for Tab Baldwin's OQT team in Manila.
"Sa Gilas, yung kay Coach Tab, kaya rin siguro ako nakuha sa Olympic Qualifiers dahil nakita niya yung dedication ko, yung hard work ko sa pag e-extra shooting," Rosario said.
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