From sharing backcourt duties with versatile guards Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross with the San Miguel Beermen, Brian Heruela will now be running the floor alongside Asia’s two-time best point guard Jayson Castro in TNT KaTropa.
And he’s thrilled.
“It’s great! It’s great.
“I’ve been learning a lot,” expressed the 29-year-old Cebuano moments after the KaTropa’s practice at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside Ateneo de Manila University in Katipunan, Quezon City.
But it’s not just Castro that excites Heruela. He already likes his new team, even if he has yet to spend much time with them, saying that everybody from the Texters are accommodating, which makes the transition smoother.
“Oh it’s great, it’s great. They’re very welcoming and you know, they help me a lot, make my transition way a lot easier. So you know, I’m thankful and blessed to be here,” said the five-year veteran.
Heruela, along with David Semerad, arrived to the flagship MVP franchise last December after they were traded away by the San Miguel Beermen in exchange for Terrence Romeo following his reported falling-out with the team.
His arrival to TNT only means he’ll have an opportunity for a more significant role, unlike before. But coming from a team that has a winning culture, Heruela hopes that he can carry over his experience to his new home.
“Every new opportunity has always been welcome to each and every one, but I think coming from the SMB, I learned a lot from there. I learned a lot from the coaching staff, the players, I learned a lot and matured,” shared Heruela, a four-time PBA champion.
“I hope I can carry that over here and help my team,” he added.
“I just have to be mentally and physically ready whatever coach asks me to do. So I’m just ready.”
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