Former Gilas cadet Jonas Tibayan takes talents to NU
I'VE GOT IT ALL FOR YOU. NU now has in its lineup Jonas Tibayan (far left) and John Lloyd Clemente who have proven to be the most college-ready recruits in this year's class. (Photo courtesy of Jonas Tibayan)
National University’s search for a versatile forward may very well be over.
Jonas Tibayan of Chiang Kai Shek College has committed to play for the Bulldogs. “NU na po ako,” he said.
Tibayan joins former Nazareth School of NU standout John Lloyd Clemente and Ateneo de Manila High School contributor Enzo Joson as reinforcements for head coach Jamike Jarin’s first year at the helm.
The 18-year-old does anything and everything from scoring, rebounding, and defending, but is best known for his non-stop motor and tireless effort.
Tibayan posted an 11.4-point, 12.4-rebound double-double average in the inaugural PSSBC (Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship). He also had one mark each in the assist, steal, and block columns as his team finished runner-up.
Aside from standing as a pillar for the Blue Dragons, Tibayan also had tours of duty for both the Gilas cadets and Batang Gilas.
NU had been missing a versatile forward at the wings since the time of Glenn Khobuntin.
With the six-foot-three forward bringing his talents to Jocson Street, however, he will bolster a rotation that already includes promising Joshua Sinclair, veteran Med Salim, and energetic Reggie Boy Morido.
Tibayan’s commitment was first reported by Tiebreaker Times.
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