The legendary boy digs his own niche and gets a dream shot


Rain Or Shine's No. 5 overall draft pick Shawn Ildefenso.  PBA picture

Rain Or Shine’s No. 5 overall draft pick Shawn Ildefenso. PBA picture

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) great Danny Ildefenso was on the moon on Sunday when he saw his son Shawn draft the league that he once dominated.

“It really was a dream come true,” he told reporters shortly after the event at hermit’s Robinsons Place in Manila. “I was expected to have a boy game [PBA] Since then. So this is an answered prayer, really. “

Ildefenso’s son, Shawn, was drafted 10th overall by Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, where he joined No. 5 pick Jean Mamuak and reunited with former Atenio High School teammates Matt Nieto and Anton Assistio.

“We are just happy to hear his name. We could not hold back our tears. Tears of joy because it was truly an answered prayer for both him and us, “said the two-time PBA most valuable player.

All the old Ildefenso wanted his son to join a team that would allow him to contribute. Converse assistant coaches added neither team had a choice.

And that’s something shared by Shawn, a wide-bodied but small-sized forward who added a fence game to get away from the basket where the big boys hang out.

Also selected by Gilas

“I believe I came here for a reason,” he said. “I believe that whatever you do will be rewarded by God. Whatever [from here on out] I’ll give it my all, including elusive.

“If Rain or Shine ever needs a role player, I’ll do whatever it takes,” Shawn added.

On top of being selected in the first round, the young Ildefenso was also tapped by Chote Reyes, director of the National Cage Program and head coach, as one of four new additions to the Gilas Pilpinas Talent Pool.

“I keep telling myself that I believe in myself, in my craft. It is indescribable. I have nothing to say. It’s surreal, ”he said.

The joy, of course, will not end soon, but both father and son know that it is going to be all business as the new season begins.

“It simply came to our notice then. That’s our job, “said Danny, now 46. “At home, I am a father. But when we are in court, we are the opponents. ”

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