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Converge FiberXers’ first spherical choose BJ Andrade within the PBA Draft 2023.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

MANILA, Philippines—From Tab Baldwin in faculty 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 stage.

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 after we confronted him [in the UAAP], he gave us a tough time and he’s top-of-the-line coaches right here within the Philippines so I’m excited,” stated Andrade on Sunday. “I hope he’ll educate me so much.”

Andraded joins Adrian Wong and Mike Nieto, additionally former Ateneo gamers, at Converge.

Aside from the Sorsogon-native coach, Andrade may even be mentored by his uncle Danny Ildefonso and having a relative within the teaching workers relieves stress off of his shoulders.

“For me, no stress there however I’m blissful as a result of that is the primary time that I’ll be with him in a group and it’s within the PBA instantly.”

Converge FiberXers’ first spherical choose BJ Andrade within the PBA Draft 2023.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

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.

“Truthfully, 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 remaining 12 months beneath Baldwin, he posted norms of 9.5 factors, 2.7 rebounds and a couple of.1 assists per sport.

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