Rey Suerte can’t wait to start his professional career
Growing up in Monkayo, Davao de Oro, Rey Anthony Suerte always dreamed of one day playing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
That dream is set to come true in just over two weeks after he and the rest of his 2019 PBA Gilas Special Draft teammates were handed over to the teams that drafted them, paving the way for them to play in the PBA. .
Picked second overall by Blackwater, Suerte says he is delighted to join the Bossings and help them end their famous 24-game losing streak once the league resumes play on February 11.
“First of all, I’m happy to finally be able to play in the PBA, but at the same time, I also feel a bit pressured and nervous because I’m going to be playing another level of basketball. But I’m super excited to about it,” said the 6-foot-3 Suerte, a University of the Visayas Green Lancers product and two-time former Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Most Valuable Player award winner.
Suerte turns heads wherever he goes. After a successful stint at Cesafi, he then played for the University of East Red Warriors in the UAAP and immediately made an impact, earning a spot in the Mythical Five team thanks to his 17.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game on average.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas noticed him and included him in the Gilas Pilipinas team from 2019 to 2021 under head coach Tab Baldwin.
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