Mar 23, 2021

Munzon ready to take on the challenges with Dyip

JOSHUA Munzon began to accept the challenge of helping Terrafirma turn things around in its coming PBA Season 46 campaign.

And the first order of the day for the 6-foot-4 top pick of the recent rookie draft is to know personally his teammates and build chemistry with them.

"I've got the chance to briefly meet everybody and get to know them a little bit," said Munzon, who quickly joined the Dyip in their cluster individual workouts a day after the draft proceedings.

As the cornerstone of the franchise's campaign this season starting with the Philippine Cup, the Dyip rewarded Munzon with a three-year deal worth the maximum contract allowed for a rookie.

Terrafirma governor Bobby Rosales, who is also league Board vice chairman, was on hand to welcome the 26-year-old Long Beach, California native to the team. Munzon was accompanied by his representative Sam 'Jouie' Ramos.

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Other than Munzon, the Dyip also signed to a three-deal contract 6-foot-10 center James Laput, who was tabbed by the team too, in the first round of the draft at no. 8 overall.

It's so far, so good as far as the Cal State University in Los Angeles is concerned.

"Everything is positive so far. I'm looking forward to expanding my relationship with everybody," said Munzon.

"I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to be the top pick. All the long hours I've sent in the gym and with the experience I've gained playing internationally, it puts me in this position," he added. "I'm thankful my basketball journey led me up to this point. I'm ready to come and get to work." (RG)