Jett Manuel out to prove he belongs with likes of Kiefer, Jeron

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 21, 2017 08:28 PM
Jett Manuel out to prove he belongs with Kiefer, Jeron
BEST OF THE BEST. Jett Manuel has joined up with Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas. (Photo courtesy of Bounty Sports)

In the 10 months since his last game in the UAAP, all we have heard about Jett Manuel was that he passed the engineering board exam.

Now, the one-time leader of the University of the Philippines is out to make an impact on the basketball court once again.

Manuel is part of the 12-man team that will represent the Philippines in the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup.

Backed by Bounty and Chooks-to-Go anew, the Filipinos will go all-out in the tournament commencing on Saturday (Philippine time) in Chenzou, China.

And for the licensed engineer-slash-basketball player, getting to don the blue, red, yellow, and white is an honor. “It’s a blessing na I’m here. I’m thankful for the opportunity,” he said.

He then continued, “I wanna know what it feels like to represent the country. It’s always been a dream of mine and I’m just really excited that I’m here already.”

Without a doubt, Manuel is relishing the opportunity to once again play on the basketball court while also, for the first time, playing for his homeland.

On a more personal note, however, he also wants to prove something to everybody and more importantly, himself. “I always knew I had the talent to play at this level. I trust all the work that I put in and all the sacrifices I made,” he said.

He then continued, “So I just want to prove that I belong. I’ve always thought that I can.”

Just being included in a lineup led by Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng, the pride of State U has already proven his worth.

Ravena and Teng were the two biggest names of the just passed generation of the UAAP.

And while those two brought Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University, respectively, to glory, Manuel’s goal was simply to put UP in the conversation.

That, he did, and the swingman left Diliman with a team with a bright future.

Now, Manuel joins forces with the best of the best of his UAAP generation to bring back a championship for the Philippines. “Dati, when you’re up against them, there’s pride involved. Now, we all have a common goal and the same team name in front of us,” he shared.

Fortunately for the 24-year-old, he made sure he wasn’t getting left behind even though he hadn’t been involved in a competitive basketball game in 10 months. “Even during my preparations for the board exam, I was training everyday. I didn’t take any days off studying and working out,” he shared.

Now with Ravena, Teng and the rest of Chooks-Pilipinas, Manuel believes all of them will only get better after this battle. “The experience na you compete against them everyday in practice pa lang, for sure, you’re gonna get better,” he expressed.

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