From being the subject of a recruitment tug-of-war that crested in a Senate inquiry, Jerie Pingoy appeared to hit rock-bottom after a lackluster first year for Ateneo a couple of seasons ago.
Highly touted and anticipated, the former UAAP Juniors MVP was a shell of his former self with the Blue Eagles, unable to generate regular scoring opportunities while playing in only seven of 14 elimination-round matches.
Now ready to revive his career with Adamson, Pingoy is not in a hurry to stamp his class, but believes his time will come with the Soaring Falcons.
“Di ko naman iniisip yun [na napag-iwanan], sa tingin ko time will come for me. Let’s say I didn’t make it sa Ateneo. Probably this year, babalik ako kung ano ko dati. Ano lang tyaga, tiis for the meantime,” Pingoy told Akari Sports.
“Before may pressure talaga e kasi coming from high school, two years (residency), natalo yung Ateneo sa elims pagpasok ko, kami nga yung ganun na team.”
Pingoy averaged four points and 2.9 assists a game in Season 78, and admitted there was a huge pressure that time considering the drama caused by his decision to shift from the Far Eastern University camp to Ateneo.
According to the former Baby Tamaraw, lack of exposure contributed to his lethargic performance in 2015.
“May pressure nga tapos lack of exposure kasi two years nawala ako e, more on aral lang talaga at least ngayon nakakabawi na ko dahan dahan,” he said.
“Wala kaming liga nun that time, every second sem aral lang talaga kasi we need to aral lang. Alam ko na yung mistake ko before na medyo di ako nagpasok, pasado din naman ako kaso nagkulang lang sa grade.”
Now “back to zero,” Pingoy said he’s just enjoying the journey now and trusting Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren’s plan for the team.
“It’s good. I’m starting again, back to zero, at least now I’m starting to get what coach Franz’s system is. Ako naman hindi naman ako ‘yung namimili ng style, kung ano man yung meron ngayon go lang just go hard,” he said. “Wala akong iniisip na ganyan (proving myself), I just play Adamson ball and enjoy what I have.”