Jett Manuel reiterates he is done with pro hoops
Philip Matel on Jan 28, 2019 01:36 PM
The 26-year old Manuel (third from right, first row) will be making a return to the hardwood for Mighty Sports at the behest of his close family friend, Caesar Wongchuking.
Former pro Jett Manuel made it clear that he won't be returning to the PBA anytime soon, as he focuses on his budding civil engineering career.
The ex-UP Fighting Maroon skipper announced his retirement from Barangay Ginebra a few weeks back to follow his career as a licensed CE.
However, the 26-year old Manuel will be making a return to the hardwood for Mighty Sports at the behest of his close family friend, Caesar Wongchuking.
Wongchuking is the main sponsor of the team that is slated to represent the country in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Tournament in UAE from Feb. 1 to 9.
"Well, after this, I'm focusing again on my engineering career. So my retirement is for real talaga. I'm not trying to go back to the PBA talaga naman anytime soon. But for Mighty Sports, my door is always open," shared Manuel.
"[I]t's really a relationship beyond just professional basketball player for them. Anytime they call me up, anytime they want me to help out, my door is always open."
Manuel, who is in his second stint with the club, will be joined by two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom, Justin Brownlee, and ex-Golden State Warrior Randolph Morris, among others.
Rounding up the team are PBA D-League Finals MVP Gab Banal, former ABL star Fil-Am Jason Brickman, UAAP standouts Juan Gomez de Liano and Santi Santillan, #23for23 member Troy Rike, Jeremiah Gray, Roosevelt Adams, Angelo Wongchuking and CSB high-flyer Justin Gutang, the latter serving as reserve.
The team will be once again coached by Charles Tiu.
The multi-faceted professional Manuel is expecting that the team will fare much better than in 2017, where they managed to carve just one win.
With tougher competition ahead, he added that the depth and the caliber of his teammates can very well chalk up some wins for Mighty Sports-PH.
"Medyo we're younger, more energetic. The coaching staff has a better grasp on what to face. Coupled with the imports that we have, I'm confident naman with our team."
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