Worry not, Perpetual, you have a homegrown hope in Jielo Razon
For the first time in recent memory, Perpetual's best high school talent is staying home
University of Perpetual Help will be undergoing some sort of rebuild.
Following five straight winning seasons from 2012 to 2016, the Altas posted their first losing record in recent history a year ago.
With a standing of just 4-14, they found themselves ninth out of 10 teams.
The Las Pinas-based squad wasted no time in taking action by bringing in multi-titled mentor Frankie Lim as consultant.
However, the cupboard remains bare in terms of talent with all of AJ Coronel, Gab Dagangon, and GJ Ylagan having graduated. That means that only Nigerian Prince Eze and court general Keith Pido remain from that core.
Good thing then that Perpetual just so happens to have a promising prospect coming out of its high school.
And it’s an even better thing that said promising prospect has committed to remain an Alta.
“Sa Perpetual pa rin po ako mag-Seniors,” Jielo Razon told ABS-CBN Sports, adding that he has already been practicing with the team since January 4.
In Razon, Lim is getting a confident player who can score from all over the floor while seemingly not getting tired.
The five-foot-11 guard averaged 17.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 steals. He was the second-leading scorer in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
While none of his three years in Las Pinas ended up in the playoffs, his talent alone kept his team competitive.
It doesn’t hurt either that he is the definition of homegrown – having been born and then having grown up in Las Pinas. “Kaya nga po ‘di na rin ako aalis dito. Dito ako nagsimula kaya gusto ko, dito na rin ako ga-graduate,” he said.
He then continued, “Kung ‘di naman po ako nila kinuha, wala pong mangyayari sa akin kaya malaki po ang utang na loob ko sa school.”
Razon’s commitment marks the first time a well-regarded Junior Alta will become an Alta as former stars Gelo Alolino and Joseph Eriobu bolted for National University and Mapua University, respectively.
While he is a Perpetualite through and through, the 18-year-old said his basketball idols are Jiovani Jalalon of Arellano University and Rey Nambatac and Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking, though, that he has forgotten about Alta legend Scottie Thompson. “Sana po, magawa ko yung nagawa ni kuya Scottie,” he expressed.
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