NCAA: Jett Manuel gives self a passing grade after broadcasting debut

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 10, 2019 06:30 PM
Manuel gives self a passing grade after broadcasting debut
Already an athlete and an engineer, Jett Manuel now has yet another career calling basketball games

Jett Manuel already is many, many things.

He became a Xavier Stallion. He became a University of the Philippines Fighting Maroon. He became a civil engineer. He became a Brgy. Ginebra Gin King.

Now, the 26-year-old adds yet another to that already long list - S+A panelist.

Manuel was on the call alongside Anton Roxas in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball matchup between San Sebastian College-Recoletos and Jose Rizal University last Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

The former State U skipper was only thrilled to be going headfirst into a new challenge.

"It's all totally a new experience for me, but I enjoyed because it make me feel like I'm still connected to basketball in a way," he said.

Early in the year, Manuel took a step back from professional play and chose to concentrate on his family's business.

Through the NCAA, however, he has found his way back to the game he has nothing but love for. "I get to talk about the game I love while seeing young players play. Parang nakikita ko sila where I was once before also," he said with a laugh.

He then continued, "So I'm just thankful for the opportunity to do this. Thanks, ABS-CBN Sports!"

Of course, the one-time PBA champion knows full well he has a long way to go in terms of broadcasting. Asked to give himself a grade, he answered, "Siguro, 5 out of 10. I'm pretty hard on myself naturally so year, I need to improve a lot."

Pressed further on what he should get better on, Manuel said he has to do many, many more reading on the first and oldest collegiate league. As he put it, "I need to get to know the players and coaches more. Coming from the UAAP kasi, of course, I'll naturally know more about UAAP more than NCAA."

He then continued, "Aside from that, the timing on when to analyze and what to say during the game. Madami pa talaga."

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