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Hesed Gabo keeps his hopes high as he's now at the doorstep of childhood dream's realization
by Reynald Magallon, December 01, 2019 11:16pm
MPBL star and PBA aspirant Hesed Gabo is not thinking too much ahead in the future, now that he's at the doorstep of the league that will fully realize his childhood dream.
The 5'9" guard out of Mapua University said he's just taking it a day at a time and keeping his hopes high but not letting the expectations and pressure to set in.
"I'm not letting the pressure (to set in), kasi di ba pag di ka nadraft kumbaga sasabihin mo, 'am I not good enough?' 'yung mga ganun naglalaro sa utak mo. Ako, kumbaga sa akin, I'm taking it one day at a time from the preparations for the combine and up until the draft. I'm just going with the flow," said Gabo in an interview with Courtside Philippines.
While the current Basilan Steel guard is keeping the calm and collected demeanor towards the draft combine and the actual ceremony, he didn't deny that he's excited especially that through all the years of playing in the amateur ranks, it's still his dream to enter the big league.
"Pangarap naman ng lahat ng batang Pilipino na makalaro sa PBA, eh kahit papaano naman yung pangarap na iyon nasa likod pa rin ng ulo ko," said Gabo.
"At the back of my head pangarap ko rin ito nung bata ako," he stressed.
The 26- year old guard actually took his time before making the decision to make the leap to the pros. He left Mapua in 2017 and since then played in MPBL and in the PBA D-League to further hone his talent.
Gabo even shared that he was close to quitting the game and just wanted to focus on his studies after he used up his playing years in Mapua but the passion for the sport is just strong inside him to be away from the sport for a long time.
"After college parang ano ko di na ako magbabasketball to be honest," he recalled.
" Kumbaga inano ko na mag aaral na lang ako ganun, tatapusin ko yung pag aaral ko. Nagkaroon ng opportunity na makapag laro, so dito ulit," he added.
And that faithful day when he decided to keep playing led up to this day where he's now a step away from his dreams.
Gabo, however, was very well aware of how steep the competition is, entering the PBA, but the former Cardinals standout is not backing down from the challenge.
Asked if there's any team he wants to draft him, the crafty guard said he will just be thankful to the team who will appreciate his talent.
He also vowed to repay their trust by keeping the competitive spirit that is naturally innate in him even when facing the league's biggest stars.
"Kahit sino naman kung sino yung makakaappraciate sa akin maglaro, grateful, ako sa magbibigay ng tyansa sa akin," said Gabo.
"Siguro nasa mentality naman na ng basketball player yung competition, sabi nga nila karangalan 'yun na makalaro mo yung mga ganung klaseng pangalan. kumbaga yung competitive drive mo nandun na iyon," he ended.
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