NorthPort rookie Troy Rike is thrilled at the thought of sharing the frontcourt with fellow Batang Pier newcomer Greg Slaughter.
The 6-foot-8 Rike, who was taken by the Mikee Romero-owned franchise with the 11th overall pick in the PBA Season 46 Draft, said that it’s certainly going to be a pleasure playing alongside the 7-foot former Brgy. Ginebra slotman who arrived last March via one-on-one trade for Christian Standhardinger.
Rike cited that learning from Slaughter’s vast experience is an ideal starting point for his professional career.
“He’s had a ton of success. Obviously, as a big, you always want to learn from someone like him. So I think it’s a great opportunity where I can learn from him as a center,” said the one-and-done big man from National University.
“I had a chance to talk to him a little bit after the draft so that meant the world to me,” he added.
Rike formally joined the squad after signing a two-year deal in the presence of NorthPort team manager Bonnie Tan and his representative Marvin Espiritu of the Espiritu-Manotoc Basketball Management.
The restrictions brought about by the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), however, has prevented him from attending practice but it hasn’t stopped the team from giving their rookie a warm welcome.
“I haven’t been to an official practice yet, but I already feel like I have gotten like a little bit of an initiation,” said Rike.