MANILA, Philippines—After a superb final year with the Letran Knights, and stints in the PBA D-League and the MPBL, Bong Quinto believes he is ready for whatever role is given to him by his future PBA team.
Quinto earned Mythical Team honors in NCAA Season 94, and towed the Knights to the third seed in the final 4. He displayed a more well-rounded game in his fifth and final campaign with Letran, averaging 15.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game.
He hopes that his versatility, along with his stints for Letran-Wangs in the PBA D-League and Batangas-Tanduay in the PBA D-League, has caught the attention of the league's coaches.
"Siguro naman, nakikita naman nila 'yung improvement ko simula rookie hanggang sa maka-graduate ako, then 'yung mga liga-liga din kagaya ng MPBL, PBA D-League," Quinto said on Wednesday at the sidelines of the PBA Draft Combine.
"I think naman ready na ako para sa role, kung ano mang ibibigay nila sa akin."
Quinto said that physically and mentally he is confident that he is ready for the big leagues.
Now, it is just a question of him adjusting to the professional game.
" 'Yung katawan ko naman, pati 'yung mental ano ko, medyo ready na naman ako doon. So 'yung adjustment lang talaga, kasi siyempre mas matatalino sa akin 'yung mga andoon, mas mga beterano," he explained.
"So ayun, siguro 'yung adjustment lang talaga, kailangan maging physically ready talaga ako at saka 'yung mental."
Outside of the top 3 picks, the draft is wide open, and Quinto is expected to be a first round pick just based on his collegiate résumé. However, he is still determined to show what he is capable of in the draft combine, just to show that he deserves to be picked higher
"Ayaw ko mag-relax," he said. "Ayaw ko maging kumpyansa sa kung ano man 'yung mga nababasa ko or mga nakikita ko."
"Basta gagawin ko lang kung ano 'yung ginagawa ko. Dadagdagan ko lang 'yung effort ko para, una, mapansin nila ako, and then masabi naman na dserving ako kung makapasok ako doon."
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