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first_imgMOST READ PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension View comments 4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental town LATEST STORIES Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again Taipei to offer migrant workers free medical checks, haircuts It has been six years since 7-foot Fil-American center Greg Slaughter incited “Slaughtermania” here in Cebu and etched his name as one of the best amateur big men in the country.Now, with the Cebuano giant on the cusp of achieving a boyhood dream of making it to the big leagues, Slaughter, the former ace slotman of the University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the Ateneo Blue Eagles made it increasingly clear which team he wants to pick him.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m excited to go to the PBA. My career since I started in UV has been great. This is just the next step and I’m looking forward to it,” he added. Slaughter actually got his basketball career in the country started with the Green Lancers, who he led to three championships in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi).He nabbed a Most Valuable Player award in that league 2009 before transferring to UAAP powerhouse, Ateneo. He added two more titles to his resumé with the Blue Eagles, winning it all in 2011 and 2012. Along the way, he learned how to take care of his body and his conditioning and now appears to be a lean, mean, low-post machine.“I think the most improved thing is the shape I’m in. I’ve really learned that I need to take care if my body so it can be at its most functional for games,” quipped Slaughter. As for his rivalry with another big man from Cebu, June Mar Fajardo, whom he battled with during their Cesafi days, Slaughter lauded the 6-foot-10 giant from Pinamungajan and expressed his excitement in renewing their rivalry, this time in the pro league.“He’s really dominating now and that will raise the level of competitiveness in the PBA. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”Read Next LOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, Pateros SMC bags Bulacan airport project This, Slaughter believes, is a need that he can fill.MORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debateMORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debateTHE BEST TEAM“I couldn’t ask for anything more than to play for Ginebra. They have the best fans and history in the PBA,” said Slaughter in an exclusive interview with Cebu Daily News over the weekend.Fresh off an extended vacation in the United States where he touched base with both family and friends, Slaughter is getting down to business, starting with the biometrics test where he joined the PBA hopefuls at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong yesterday, in getting their skills and athleticism tested.EXCITEDADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again “Gi-ne-bra!”The upcoming PBA Draft commences on Nov. 3.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealPicking first is Ginebra followed by recent Governors’ Cup champions San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine.The Kings boast of a high-scoring backcourt led by former league MVPs Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand but the league’s most popular squad has always been in dire need of a low-post presence.last_img read more