Just days after getting drafted to the PBA, incoming Converge rookie Justin Arana is already relishing his chance to learn under the wings of assistant coach and two-time league MVP Danny Ildefonso.
Arana hopes to carry his impressive final season with Arellano that saw him bag the Defensive Player of the Year award for the second straight season along with a Best Defensive Team and Mythical Team selections.
The 6-foot-7 center, however, believes he still has a lot of things to work on to be truly effective in the pro league and he’s just thankful that Ildefonso has willingly taken him under his tutelage and guided him with his transition since he joined the FiberXers practice.
“Since Day 1 ko sa team namin sa Converge si coach Danny na talaga ung tumutok sa akin and thankful ako siyempre isang karangalan na maturuan niya ako,” said Arana.
“Sobrang excited ako na maraming matutunan sa kanya kasi siya na talaga yung nagtuturo sa akin pag akyat ko sa pro. Ngayon nandyan siya sa likod ko tinutulungan niya ako everyday,” Arana said of Ildefonso who was heavily credited to the development of some of the league’s premier big men like June Mar Fajardo and Vic Manuel.
While admitting that the awards were huge boost to his confidence heading to the PBA, Arana said he wants to take advantage of Ildefonso’s guidance as he hopes to stay in the league for a long time.
“Malaking kumpyansa sa akin kasi siyempre papuntang pro maraming talent na magagaling talaga and siguro focus lang rin ako sa goal kailangan ko pa rin talaga mag improve pa para tumagal ako sa PBA.”
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