Lopez sasabak sa Overtime Elite
DIDRIBOL sa bansang Amerika upang maglaro sa Overtime Elite league si Gilas Pilipinas pool member at Ateneo Blue Eaglets star Lebron Lopez.
Inanunsiyo ng 18-year-old cager, unang Pinoy hooper na aaksiyon sa OTE, sa kanyang Instagram account ang nakatakdang paglalaro sa nasabing liga.
“I am humbled and grateful to Overtime Elite (OTE) for believing in me and helping me get closer to my dreams. I will work hard to live up to their faith. As OTE leadership said, I will be the first Filipino player to join them. It is an honor that I will not take for granted. I will not let our country down. I will work very hard to represent us well!” hayag ni Lopez.
Ang OTE ay “provides a comprehensive accelerator for elite players’ professional careers. The league offers a year-round development program combining world-class coaching; cutting-edge sports science and performance technology; top-notch facilities; and a rigorous, highly personalized academic program that energizes and enhances each athlete’s journey from proficiency to pro for the next generation of athlete empowerment.”
Magugunita na lumaro si Lopez kasama ang Gilas noong FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers third window sa Clark at naglista ng walong puntos, limang rebounds, isang assist, isang steal at isang block sa panalo ng national squad kontra Indonesia, 76-51.
Sey pa ni Lopez, “I want to say a special thank you to the people who helped me at the beginning of my journey — Coach Reggie and Coach Tab and Mr. Al Panlilio and Mr. Pangilinan and the SBP — they saw the spark of potential in a young kid and supported it. I am forever grateful. #grindtime #dreams.” (Janiel Abby Toralba)