At 5-6 & 1/2, which he said was his official height measurement during the PBA Pre-draft combine, bigger players could easily pick on him– posting up on him or simply shooting over him.
But Cruz shared he’s not one to cower against such challenge, opting to use his seeming disadvantage as his strength in pursuing his PBA dream.
Before turning pro, the 23-year-old pint-sized playmaker managed to use his quickness, shooting and big, fighting heart to lead the Letran Knights to the 2015 NCAA men’s championships.
It was his way of capping his collegiate career as well as serve as inspiration to many aspiring height-challenge Pinoy basketball players that height doesn’t necessarily mean might.
In this 2-minute video blog, Cruz shared his thoughts on living his dream in the PBA and the battles he had to face today as a pro.
WATCH Mark Cruz’s PBA career-game in Star’s 86-73 win over Mahindra to help the Hotshots secure the 8th and last spot in the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs on April 13, 2016.
The former Letran star also shared how big of a help his undersized teammates are like Mark Barroca and Justin Melton in giving him pointers in the pro ranks.
And he caps his short chat by encouraging people (who are facing their own man-size challenges) to keep dreaming, seek the help of friends (in his case, his teammates) and trust God as they pursue the passion they have in life.