Jeron Teng is known to be a go-to-guy while playing for De La Salle University but now with Alaska, the six-foot-two guard-forward is now willing to accept any kind of role that Aces head coach Alex Compton will give him in the coming season of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Selected fifth overall in the rookie draft, Teng also had a solid PBA D-League stint with Flying V where he averaged 23.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists in the Foundation Cup but he knew the pro league is a different battle.
“I’m just a rookie here and there are a lot of scorers in this team so it is going to be different. Scoring does not really matter to me right now,” Teng told The Manila Times on Tuesday after Alaska’s tune-up game against Phoenix at the Upper Deck gym in Ortigas Pasig City.
“I’m still adjusting to a new system and the goal is to help Alaska in outside scoring, or, in defense and rebounding. But I have to work harder,” he added.
Teng had nine points, three rebounds and three assists in Alaska’s 85-89 loss to the Fuel Masters on Tuesday and he admitted he needs to learn more the system of Compton.
“Coach Alex told me I just have to work hard on my defense and soon and I will the opportunity to display my skills in offense too.”
Teng led the Green Archers to a crown in Season 79 of University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament where he averaged 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists en route to winning the Finals Most Valuable Player plum.
He struggled in his first tune-up game in their 100-106 loss to NLEX where he was held down to just for points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field.
Compton expects Teng to get better as the season opening approaches.
“I know he’s a good player. But this is a preseason right? Because he’s younger, we gave him heavy minutes and he has to figure those things out, get corrected and feel it out. It is part of the adjustment for a rookie,” Compton said.
The Aces face Rain or Shine next in another tune-up match on Wednesday also at the Upper Deck gym.