JRU rising star Jed Mendoza once scored 25 points per game

JRU rising star Jed Mendoza once scored 25 points per game
INTRODUCE YOURSELF. Jed Mendoza turned in a breakout game to tow JRU back into the win column.

Jose Rizal University put a stop to its two-game slide on Friday.

And it wasn’t because of top gun Teytey Teodoro.

It wasn’t even courtesy of veterans Ervin Grospe and Gio Lasquety or reinforcements and Abdul Wahab Abdul Razak and Abdel Poutouochi.

Showing the way back into the win column for the Heavy Bombers was little-known Jed Mendoza.

Scoring six of his 16 points in the final frame on top of a total of seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal, the second-year guard shot his team over Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

That he was able to do so wasn’t a surprise to head coach Vergel Meneses. “Actually, nung nasa Team B siya, he averaged 25 points per game sa Fr. Martin’s [Preseason Cup],” he shared.

Mendoza came from San Beda College-Alabang before transferring to Shaw Boulevard where he redshirted for a year.

Apparently, even before he was in blue and gold, the six-foot guard already made a believer out of Meneses. “I keep on challenging him. Talagang nakakatikim sa akin ng masakit na salita yan,” the mentor said.

He then continued, “Ganun ko siya i-motivate kasi alam kong magaling siya.”

In his first go-round in the NCAA in Season 92, however, Mendoza didn’t have that many chances to showcase his skills with names like Jordan dela Paz, Paolo Pontejos, Lasquety, and Teodoro ahead of him in the pecking order.

Still, he persevered. As he put it, “Expected ko naman na ‘di ako masyado gagamitin last year kasi nandun pa yung veterans. Expected ko naman na kailangan ko lang mag-contribute pag hinugot.”

Now, his patience is paying off. “Ngayong wala na sila, sabi nga ni coach, kailangan ko nang i-take yung responsibility to step up. Sabi nga niya, ‘Ikaw na. make a way na,’” he shared.

Slowly but surely, the 21-year-old is helping JRU prove it has much more than just Teodoro.

And he only wants to make the most out of all of it. “Sana ito na yung unang [steps] para sa career ko kasi siyempre sa ibang school, mahirap mag-tryout. Dito sa JRU, na-welcome ako, na-appreciate kaagad potential ko,” he said.

He then continued, “Kaya iga-grab ko na ‘tong sa JRU. Sana tuloy-tuloy na.”

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