University of Santo Tomas (UST) King Tiger Jeric Teng wants to pursue a professional career in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) but is still undecided as of press time whether to submit an application to the 2013 PBA Annual Rookie Draft whose deadline is on October 18.
“It’s really my dream to play in the PBA. But right now, I still don’t know yet [if I’ll join this year’s draft or next year]. I still need to talk with my family regarding that matter,” said the 22-year-old UST skipper.
Jeric is the eldest of the Teng brothers that caught the public’s attention in the recently concluded University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 76 men’s basketball tournament. His younger brother Jeron plays for De La Salle University.
Unfortunately, Jeric’s UST bowed to Jeron’s La Salle, 2-1, in their best-of-three championship series.
It was Jeric’s final season of his five playing years in the league.
“Right now, I just want to spend more time with my family. It was a great season. I’m happy for Jeron [and the whole La Sallian community]. He really worked hard this season and I’m proud on what he achieved,” said Jeric.
After the UAAP finals, the Teng brothers, sons of former PBA star Alvin, had several television appearances including GMA’s Brigada and News To Go, and ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda and DZMM Teleradyo.
In his rookie year in 2009, Jeric posted an average of 11.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists a game to help the Growling Tigers reached the Final Four. He was later on named as the Rookie of the Year.
Jeric showed huge improvement in his second and third seasons with 12.9 and 13.5 average points a game. He also towed UST to a couple of finals appearances (season 75 and 76).
Despite failing to get a championship ring, the lessons he learned in collegiate level will serve as a springboard for his future plans especially on playing in professional rank. As Jeric stated on his Twitter account, “a minor setback for a major comeback.”