The 23-year-old Semerad twins David and Anthony have just been added to the growing list of hard-court heartthrobs.
The twins were picked in the first round of the Philippine Basketball Association draft, which was held last August 24 at the Midtown Robinsons Ermita.
Anthony was 7th in the order and will play for Global Port Batang Pier. David was 10th and will play for Barako Bull Energy.
The Semerad twins played for San Sebastian College in the NCAA and now they are in opposing teams.
Says Anthony, “We’ll not be friends. Let the battle begins! My team will take the lead.”
But how do the brothers feel to be among the chosen ones?
David relates, “When we were sitting there, I was just looking at all the faces of the draftees and I saw everyone nervous.
“I started getting butterflies inside, I was very nervous and still excited at the same time.
“As soon as Anthony got called as 7th pick, my hands started shaking.
"Then three spots later I got called and the butterflies went away.”
For Anthony, “I was very happy. I was in shock and I was ready to on stage and I was very happy.”
Being drafted in the PBA is a wish fulfillment for the twins.
“I can’t even say anything, it was a dream come true.
"Since day one we got here in the Philippines and started college, every day we have been working hard to get there to the PBA and it happened,” David says.
Anthony confirms, “It started when we were eight years old, that was when we started playing basketball.
"And after stepping into that court for the first time we thought we’ll be a pro someday, so here we are.”
About the twins' NCAA career, David says they will finish the season before moving to start their PBA career.
Anthony avers that they are still working hard, "It doesn’t stop, working out in the gym, still playing NCAA."
Are they ready for the swooning fans? There will always be girls who are ever so bold they will literally throw their arms around guys like them.
Anthony jokes, “Wala lang! You just have to keep your arms open.”
David does not react as he has already been taken and is happy in his relationship with beauty queen Gwen Ruais.
“She’s super happy giving me her full support.
"She’s right at my back, she cooks me good food, just fully supporting me in the PBA,” David reveals.
Physically, David and Anthony are fit to be in the big league. They follow a strict diet and work out regularly.
Says Anthony, “We’re just hitting the gym every day, we train and diet as well.
"Basketball keeps us fit, it gives us the cardio exercises we need and it keeps us in shape."
According to David, he eats fish and camote, “Just the usual diet.”
David and Anthony will show off their washboard abs at the Bench Naked Truth runway on September 19 at the Mall of Asia Arena.