Nambatac puts draft plans on hold, set to play last year for Letran
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 24, 2016 08:39 PM
BACK ONCE AGAIN. Rey Nambatac will be back for his fifth and final year for Letran.
In Rey Nambatac’s first year in the starring role for Colegio de San Juan de Letran, they became the first champions to be unable to defend their title in the playoffs since 2000.
As such, what was an MVP-worthy campaign where the fourth-year swingman averaged 20.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.6 steals will end with him watching the Final Four from home. “Ganun talaga. Masakit, pero kailangang positive lang,” he expressed.
If everything only went right for the Knights, Nambatac shared he would have gotten out while he was ahead. As he put it, “Ang plano ko sana, kung nakaisa pang championship ngayon, balak ko nang magpa-draft. E ‘di nakapasok.”
And so, the former Juniors MVP was nothing but glad to tell the Intramuros faithful that they would still see him there for his fifth and final year for the blue and red. “Lalaruin ko na final year ko. Decided na ako kasi ilang months ko na ring pinag-isipan,” he said.
Asked what would change his mind, he answered with full confidence, “’Di na magbabago isip ko.”
Still, Nambatac was quick to clarify that he knew all about coach Jeff Napa’s statement that no one in Letran is safe. “Kahit ako, ‘di sure na makukuha next year,” he said.
He vowed, however, “Pero pag-iigihan ko talaga.”
Worst-case scenario, the lead Knight said he already knew what to do if he doesn’t pass Napa’s tryout. “Maglalaro ako sa mga liga na makukuha ko kumpyansa ko. Susubok din ako sa Gilas kung pwede,” he said.
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