Chris Tiu officially retires from the PBA: 'Time to move on'

Chris Tiu is stepping away from basketball for good, announcing his decision to retire from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) on Tuesday.

"My heartfelt gratitude to every person who has been part of my basketball journey!! Most especially to our Lord who makes all things possible," Tiu posted on his personal Twitter account. "It's now time to move on. My heart is full. #17 signing off.."

Tiu was selected seventh overall in the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft and played six years in the PBA, all with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

He was named to the All-Rookie Team and won the All-Star 3-point contest in 2013. He won one title (2016 Commissioner's Cup) during his entire career with Rain or Shine.

In his last game in the PBA, Tiu exploded for a career-high 30 points to help the Elasto Painters close the 2018 Governors' Cup with a 107-101 win over the NLEX Road Warriors.

Tiu was part of the original Gilas squad in 2010. He won medals in international tournaments, taking home gold in the 2011 SEABA and Southeast Asian Games and bronze in the 2011 Jones Cup. He last suited up for the national team at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.

Tiu also found success during his collegiate years, leading the Ateneo Blue Eagles to the UAAP championship in 2008 and becoming a two-time Mythical Five member.