DAVAO City-born Baser Amer just dreamed of playing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). And Meralco Bolts fulfilled that dream, picking him seventh overall in the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday at the Robinson's Place in Manila.
Amer said, "Dream come true. Finally. Dream ko talaga to. Since bata pa. Maraming gustong pumasok or pumunta sa PBA. Super happy ako kasi na pick ako ng Meralco kasi madami din ako naging coaches dun."
He was pertaining to assistant coaches Ronnie Magsanoc, Xavier Nunag and Mike Jarin.
"I also like Coach Norman since High School pa gusto ko na sya maging coach," Amer said in a Facebook chat interview Monday.
Amer admitted he was "super nervous" while going to the draft venue.
Coach Black congratulated Amer and said he's excited to work with him.
But the 22-year-old San Beda College Red Lions graduating marketing student, who played for the Holy Child College of Davao Reds from 2006 to 2009, said he's focusing on his final NCAA year.
Amer said, "Magandang mag end ka sa college na champion.Yan talaga ang goal namin to win the championship. Mahirap makapunta sa finals kaya we need to work everyday talaga. Kailangang pagtrabahuhan."
"Gusto kong mag end up sa San Beda na champion and ofcourse maging six-peat champs kami," he added.
Amer formed part of the Gilas Cadets team, coached by Tab Baldwin that brought home the men's basketball gold medal of the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore last June. He was the finals MVP in NCAA's season `88 and helped the Red Lions’ five-peat string of championships for the past four years.
For young Dabawenyos who also dream of playing in the PBA, Amer shared, "Siguro sacrifice lang talaga. Hwag pababayaan ang sarili. Laging makikinig sa mga magulang. Work hard lang po at mag-aral ng mabuti."
He also urged them to keep away from vices, adding, "Iwas inum (ng alcoholic beverages), yosi or gimik at laging mag-training everyday. Makikinig lagi sa coach at lagi ding mag extra work."
As he will soon don a Meralco Bolts jersey and play on the PBA court, Amer prays that he stays longer in the big league and "iwas injury".
"Somehow gusto ko ring maging good example sa mga bata," Amer said.
He is also open to play for flag and country, adding, "That's my super dream."
Amer, on his Facebook post, said: "To everyone who helped me achieve my dream, I would like to say thank you very much. Your trust, prayers and support made this possible. I still can't believe that I'll be playing with my No. 1 idol @jalapag3 ever since I was a kid. Too blessed to be part of the Meralco Bolts family."
He also thanked God and his family for all his basketball successes.
Amer also played for Davao City in the Davao Region Athletic Association Meet and bannered Team Davraa in past Palarong Pambansa editions.