Reality bites in PBA Draft; road to pros not always easy

first_imgComelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s gonna be hard, realistically, it’s hard,” said coach Topex Robinson, whose career was a counter-narrative to the tale of woe of many a college star. Robinson was not that big a name in college but was blessed with a lot of success in the pros while playing for Red Bull.“Only a handful have easy access to the PBA,” Robinson, now a coach, added. “Most people who stay in the league are the ones who always outwork everybody.”Dario’s personal trainer, Patrick Tancioco, thinks his ward can eventually sign a contract despite the odds.“He wants to prove something. He feels like people have written him off,” Tancioco, who worked with Dario prior the UAAP season, told the Inquirer.“We had to start by cleaning his lens,” he revealed. “He was impatient. He wasn’t comfortable. He has had his share of breakout performances in the past. Earlier this year, he felt he was underutilized. It’s tough to actually perform if one’s not physically and mentally ready.”Dario is ready now. There is a blueprint for guys like him to land a contract and he hopes to follow that to the letter.Dirty work“Coach Topex told me that in the draft, teams aren’t looking for stars,” Dario said. “He said that clubs are looking for the guys who are willing to do the dirty work, the stuff most players overlook.”For someone who once dreamed of being like Jayson Castro or LA Tenorio, and who looked to fit the bill just two weeks before the draft, Dario now has as his peg Anjo Caram, an NCAA star who earns his contract by being Meralco’s go-to defensive guy at the guard position.“I’ll just continue to be myself—a super pesky defender. And hit open shots. I’m confident with those,” Dario said. None of them had remarkable pro careers.Cautionary talesFor every Kiefer Ravena who fulfills his potential in the pros, there are cautionary tales of college MVPs that keep scouts wary during the Draft: RR Garcia, Dylan Ababou, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Ken Bono have all struggled to find stardom in the pros.Teytey Teodoro, another proven scorer in the NCAA for Jose Rizal U, also had trouble keeping his stock up during the Draft. He was picked first—in the third round. Just one spot ahead of Dario, who was relieved just to be taken by Blackwater.But the road to the PBA has just begun for the likes of Dario.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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But while Desiderio was picked fourth overall in the PBA Draft, Dario had to wait until the third round before getting selected. —Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOnce upon a time, Diego Dario played in the center of the basketball universe. His University of the Philippines won hearts in a gallant effort to topple Ateneo in the UAAP Finals, and Dario was in the middle of it, hitting booming triples that sent thousands of people roaring.Less than two weeks later, he was just another face in a group of hopeful amateurs waiting—some eagerly, some pensively—for their names to be called in the PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT As name after name got called and Dario still remained seated, the roars of the UAAP Finals grew more and more distant.“It’s the life I chose,” he told the Inquirer. “The chatter during the Draft Combine was that there was a lot of guards—that there were too much of us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWell, there’s that. 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first_imgPortsalon Winter LinksThe next outing of the Portsalon Winter Links will be staged on Saturday 26th November All members are requested to adhere to their tee times and due to the large numbers participating all are asked to avoid slow play.Christmas Hamper On Sunday 11th of December Portsalon golf club members will contest for the traditional Christmas hamper. The event will be a shot gun start at 11 a.m. sharp and all participants are asked to record their names (four ball) by 6 pm Saturday to enable a draw to take place for tees and a tee off at 11 a.m..EventsOn Saturday 26th November the Portsalon Winter Links, and Sunday 27th November there will be member’s turkey competitions and on Wednesday 30th November there is gents open stableford competition. Time sheets are in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to Congratulations to Noreen Mc Conigley who recorded a hole in one on the par 3 10th hole on Sunday last.ResultsThe winner of the Wednesday open was Sean Kelly Ballyliffen (8) 41 points, 2nd Stephen Connolly P/s (5) 41 points, Gross Paddy Sheridan (9) 29 points, 3rd Garret Horkin (19) 39 points The winner of the Saturday open played on 19th was Shaun Shields (14) 43 pointsRunner Up: Keith O Donnell (7) B&S 39pts Gross: Pascal Cullen (5) P/S 33 3rd Michael Dunne (21) P/S 38pts BOT. On Sunday 20th it was a members competition and the winner with a one over gross 42 points was 5 handicaper Seamus Patton, 2nd Rory Kenney (10) 40 points Gross Eamon Mc Dermott (4) 35 points 3rd Sean Gibbons (12) 40 points.SympathyThe Captain Donal Callaghan and the members of Portsalon Golf Club were saddened to learn of the death of our former member Kathleen McFadden. Deepest sympathy is extended to her husband Charlie and family. May she rest in peace. New MembersFree golf at Portsalon golf club is now on its way down to one month as November peters out this will leave your golfing in December free? If you missed the opportunity for this offer! don’t be disappointed, you can still avail of December free in this special golfing offer for new members who join Portsalon Golf Club. All you have to do is make your application pay your fees for 2012 and get November and December 2011 free. For further information please contact 074 9159459.Gift VouchersFancy something special for that special person in your life, why not purchase a Portsalon Golf Club Gift Voucher. It’s the ideal gift for birthdays, Christmas or just to say thanks. For further details contact 074 9159459. Drop OffOver the past few weeks members and visitors have been requested to drop off the 2nd, 7th and 9th fairways. As a result the fairways on the selected holes are improving. The fairways will be clearly identified. Please ensure that you drop off on either side of the fairway.PlacingAll members and visitors should note that six inch placing on all fairways only is in operation at Portsalon Golf Club.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenanceGOLF NOTES: PORTSALON GOLF CLUB was last modified: November 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more