Simply a year back, he was winning title in the NCAA.
Presently, Jerick Balanza is doing likewise in the PBA.
The 24-year-privileged viewed himself as genuinely honored as he left Letran a hero player and began his profession with Barangay Ginebra similar way following the Kings’ victorious mission in the Philippine Cup bubble.
Make that his absolute first meeting as an ace as Asia’s first since forever play-for-pay class just held a solitary competition for the season inferable from COVID-19 pandemic.
Balanza, one of purported ‘three Kings’ of Ginebra alongside individual tenderfoots Arvin Tolentino and Kent Salado, was not really uncovered as Tolentino however he played in 11 of the 22 games the Kings inside the air pocket.
Yet, the absence of playing time barely bothered him as being at Ginebra alone was at that point a major gift for him.
Balanza was a second-round pick of the Kings in the 2019 draft.
A reward surely, considering the mishaps he needed to experience just to make this far.
Balanza needed to go through significant medical procedure to eliminate a tumor in his cerebrum two years prior, prior to getting back to Letran and help the Knights win the NCAA men’s title in 2019 with an enormous miracle of three-time guarding champion San Beda in the finals.
And afterward when his freshman season was undermined by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kings conquered all misfortunes and won the first-historically speaking air pocket title in PBA history.
Balanza battled to discover the words as he thought back on all the beneficial things that came his path in a steady progression other.
Balanza’s agreement with Barangay Ginebra will terminate before the year’s over. It wouldn’t come as an astonishment if and when another extra comes his direction.