Ortuoste says being first-time team captain no big deal
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 04, 2015 08:01 PM
YOU SHOULD KNOW JAMIL ORTUOSTE. San Sebastian's Jamil Ortuoste said he has always been doing the leadership duties of a team captain even without the formal title.
Jamil Ortuoste was a two-time NCAA Juniors champion and a highly-touted recruit coming into college. His transfer to Morayta did not work out and he had to work upwards from Team B in his return to Recto, but he immediately made an impact once he finally donned the Seniors uniform of San Sebastian.
Therefore, it is a neat surprise to learn that for all his talent, the 23-year-old has never been a team captain before this year. “Nung sumali kami sa D-League (ongoing Foundation Cup), first time ko maging captain ball sa basketball career ko,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.
Talking about how it felt like, Ortuoste brushed aside the gravity of the title by saying, “Parang wala namang nagbago kasi vocal na naman talaga ako ever since. Lagi akong nagsu-suggest sa teammates ko kung anong pwede nilang gawin.”
Even so, the Golden Stag point guard shared that he hoped he would get to keep the title once the upcoming NCAA season gets going. Good news for him, coach Rodney Santos confirmed to ABS-CBN Sports that Ortuoste is his team captain moving forward.
Under the new leadership of Santos and Ortuoste along with fellow veteran Bradwyn Guinto, San Sebastian hopes to move forward from the tumultuous season they endured that ended with coach Topex Robinson walking away and main man CJ Perez heading to Katipunan.
“Gusto kong um-exit nang maganda, pero team game ang basketball kaya ginagawa ko ang lahat para matulungan ko ang teammates ko,” the Golden Stag guard playing in his final year said.
Same with his new and old mentor, Ortuoste opted not to disclose what really happened last season. However, when asked if all the distractions caused their 5-13 record and elimination from Final Four contention, he responded, “Una, hindi naman pinasok ni coach Topex (yung mga problema nila ng team management) last year.”
He then continued, “Pangalawa, nasa players din naman yun kasi kaya kami naglalaro para sa scholarship.”
Unlike Santos who said that skirmishes between his San Sebastian and Robinson’s new Lyceum squad will not be must-watch, Ortuoste said that all the Golden Stags are eagerly looking forward to games against their old coach. “Magiging maganda yung mga yun kasi alam niya laro namin at alam namin ano gusto niya mangyari sa court,” he said.
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