Agent runs to Red Warrior Sumang’s defense

In Photo: Roi Sumang has to prove he is worth more than No. 26 in the draft.

SO fingers are pointing at Lawrence Chongson as the reason University of the East standout and former Gilas Cadet member Roi Sumang way picked way down in the third round in last Sunday’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie Draft.

But Chongson, a former UE head coach and agent to Sumang and Rain or Shine hotshot and also former Red Warrior Paul Lee, doesn’t take it that way.

“Perhaps Roi wasn’t the type of the teams to fill up what they need to fill up,” Chongson said. “I even heard that Roi has an attitude problem so he wasn’t picked early in the draft.

GlobalPort tabbed Sumang at No. 26 in the third round, which turned out to be one of the two surprises in the draft.  The Elasto Painters’ choice of Filipino-Nigerian Maverick Ahanmisi at No. 3 was the other.

“It’s like this—if LBJ’s [LeBron James] agent was the devil, any team will still pick LBJ because it feels it needs LBJ,” Chongson added.

Chongson said Sumang is not sulking about how the draft turned out.

“He [Sumang] is not burgis to feel bad about it. He is not a pampered kid. He is a Tondo boy. A survivor,” Chongson said. “I’m sure he would prove himself and this is the right time for him to do it.”

Sumang was benched twice by UE Head Coach Derrick Pumaren in Season 77 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines for missing practices. He still has one year of eligibility at UE but decided to turn pro.

Chongson, on the other hand, had a rift with Rain or Shine management last season in the PBA after reports came out that Lee wanted out of the team. That was resolved among Chongson, Lee and Elasto Painters Head Coach Yeng Guiao.



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