LPU may have its first homegrown star in Mac Guadana

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 10, 2018 03:11 PM
LPU may have its first homegrown star in Mac Guadana
Mac Guadana is the first player from LPU to be part of Batang Gilas

Six seasons into the membership of Lyceum of the Philippines University in the NCAA, the Pirates finally have a playoff and Finals appearance under their belt.

The same sort of luck, though, has remained elusive for the Junior Pirates.

However, hope remains with Batang Gilas standout Mac Guadana still bound to play two more years for the Cavite-based squad.

Make no mistake about it, the six-foot guard is the most promising prospect LPU High has ever had.

That was much evident in his stints in both the National Basketball Training Center and SLAM Rising Stars.

More importantly, that much was evident in his role as key cog for the Philippine national basketball team.

Guadana was the steady hand that complemented the shooting of Terrence Fortea and the playmaking of Forthsky Padrigao in the Batang Gilas backcourt.

With the help of those three, the Philippines is headed to the 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup in June. That will be the first time the country will be playing in the World Cup since 2014.

For all those experiences, the 16-year-old is nothing but thankful. “Sobrang thankful kasi po, sa dinami-daming gustong makalaro dun, ako po yung nasama. Sobrang blessed din po kasi sobrang dami kong natutunan dun,” he said.

He is even more thankful for how all those experiences could help him lead LPU High. “Sa tingin ko po, maggo-grow ang LPU dahil sa nangyari sa akin sa lahat ng ‘to. Sa tingin ko, magiging magandang factor po ‘to para sa goal naming makapag-playoffs,” he shared.

In Guadana’s eyes, this is only the start both for him and his alma mater – meaning continuing his career in LPU in the Seniors is not far from his mind.

Asked if he is considering getting promoted from Junior Pirate to Pirate, he answered, “Oo naman po. Of course, LPU pa rin, gusto ko pa rin sa LPU kung magtutuloy-tuloy yung program nila na maganda.”

He then continued, “Marami na rin po kasi kaming utang na loob sa LPU kasi sobra-sobra lang yung suporta nila sa amin.”

If that happens, Guadana will be the first-ever homegrown star the Pirates will have.

And in the end, that may just be the crowning achievement for a program which has ascended from newcomer to upstart to legitimate contender.

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