MANILA, Philippines—From Tab Baldwin in school for Ateneo to Aldin Ayo within the PBA for Converge, BJ Andrade has no scarcity of alternatives to study from the higher echelon of coaches within the Philippines.
Andrade, who was chosen by the FiberXers within the first spherical of the 2023 PBA Draft with the tenth choose, stated he’s excited to play for Ayo on the skilled degree.
In any case, it was Ayo and his then-UST Growling Tigers who gave the Blue Eagles some issues within the UAAP Season 82 Finals.
“Me, I’m so excited to play for coach Aldin as a result of once we confronted him [in the UAAP], he gave us a tough time and he’s the most effective coaches right here within the Philippines so I’m excited,” stated Andrade on Sunday. “I hope he’ll educate me loads.”
Andraded joins Adrian Wong and Mike Nieto, additionally former Ateneo gamers, at Converge.
Aside from the Sorsogon-native coach, Andrade may also be mentored by his uncle Danny Ildefonso and having a relative within the teaching employees relieves stress off of his shoulders.
“For me, no stress there however I’m completely satisfied as a result of that is the primary time that I’ll be with him in a group and it’s within the PBA straight away.”
The Loyola Heights product admitted he didn’t count on to be chosen so excessive with names like Ricci Rivero, James Kwekuteye and JB Bahio, amongst others, nonetheless on the board.
Nonetheless, Andrade stated he feels blessed to be chosen by the FiberXers regardless of his present damage.
“Actually, I didn’t count on to be picked this excessive as a result of I’m nonetheless injured. I anticipated to be picked within the second or third spherical however I’m grateful to be picked within the first spherical.”
Andrade suffered a torn ACL damage in February final February throughout a sport between his Pampanga Royce Resort and Davao Occidental-Cocolife within the Pilipinas Tremendous League.
In his ultimate 12 months below Baldwin, he posted norms of 9.5 factors, 2.7 rebounds and a pair of.1 assists per sport.
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