SHORT in size but huge in heart, former Ateneo playmaker Anton Asistio vowed to work doubly hard if and when he gets picked in the PBA draft.
For his pro league dreams, whatever it takes.
“Iyong mga PBA player, lahat sila magagaling na, lahat sila professional, alam kong kailangan kong paghirapan kahit na iyong slot sa team, iyong playing time, alam ko it’s not just gonna be given to me,” Asistio said in an episode of Tiebreaker Times’ The Prospects Pod.
“I have to earn it. Tapos iyon, the willingness din siguro to learn from the veterans and the coaches,” he added.
The 5-foot-10 Asistio finished his collegiate career with the Blue Eagles in 2018 but opted not to join the 2019 draft and toughen up instead in the MPBL.
He suited up for Bataan and Zamboanga Family’s Brand Sardines in the MPBL and for Bacolod in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 league.
Asistio won two titles in his last three years with Ateneo and averaged 7.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in his final season for the Eagles.
His stint in the 3×3 play and MPBL helped him prepare for the PBA, according to Asistio, 25.
“Ako siguro, (I will) not just rely on catch-and-shoot kasi for me iyon iyong tine-take away sa akin so iyon nga, expanding my game more coming off the dribble,” Asistio said.
“Tapos siguro it prepared me also for the physicality kasi compared sa UAAP mas matatanda iyong mga kalaban ko ‘di ba so mga grown men na iyang mga iyan.”
It also helps that the pint-sized Asistio played under champion coaches.