Jackson Corpuz has always considered Magnolia veteran Marc Pingris as his ‘idol’.
And so when the Hotshots acquired him in a one-for-one deal with Columbian in exchange for Aldrech Ramos, the 30-year old forward out of Philippine Christian University admitted that he couldn’t contain his excitement.
“Ang saya. Dito yung idol ko eh, si kuya Ping. Number one yan, idol ko talaga,” said Corpuz shortly after the Hotshots disposed of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 90-72, in a tune-up game Wednesday at the Ronac Gym in San Juan City.
The 6-foot-4 forward, who posted averages of 8.11 points and 4.33 rebounds in 22 minutes of action for the Dyip in the season-ending Governors’ Cup, has been looking forward to the team’s practices as he is eager to learn more from the man they call ‘Pinoy Sakuragi’.
“Pag-gising ko ng umaga, nae-excite ako kasi meron na naman akong bagong matututunan. Ano kaya ituturo sa akin ni kuya Ping, mga coaches sa akin? Ayun. Nae-excite ako,” bared Corpuz.
With his Magnolia debut fast approaching since the team is scheduled to play on opening night (March 1) against defending champion San Miguel, the high-leaping Corpuz vows to give it all in order to help his new team achieve its goal of capturing the All-Filipino crown.
“Sabi nga ni coach Chito (Victolero) sa akin, kung ano yung bakit ako kinuha — yung energy ko, yung hustle ko, yung depensa ko, yung rebound, sabi niya, yun lang ang gawin ko. Yung points, bonus na lang para sa akin. So gawin ko na lang kung anong pwede kong maitulong sa team.”