Youtube was where Ateneo found Wong spreading his wings

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 10, 2015 03:44 PM
Youtube was where Ateneo found Wong spreading his wings
LIKE. After impressing Ateneo management through his highlight reels on Youtube, Adrian Wong found himself headed to Katipunan.

With the reigning MVP and three Juniors division stars right above him on the depth chart of Ateneo de Manila University, nothing was expected from Adrian Wong in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Kiefer Ravena was still doing Kiefer Ravena things; Matt Nieto, Jerie Pingoy, and Hubert Cani were fighting over minutes at the other guard spot; and even Aaron Black was well-deserving of go-rounds in the backcourt.

And yet, here we are with the Blue Eagles currently on the longest active win run and Wong has been nothing but a key player in those five consecutive victories. Norming seven points, two assists, and two rebounds in 20 minutes through the streak, Wong has emerged as Ravena’s primary backup or – when starting pointman Nieto is resting on the bench – running mate.

The athletic rookie has opened eyes so much that all of us are asking: Where did this kid who supplanted prized prospects Pingoy and Cani come from?

Well, here’s our answer – or better yet, answers:

Video courtesy of Dandy Wong

Video courtesy of Dandy Wong

Video courtesy of Courtside Films

As Wong put it, “I ended up here because my dad, for some reason wanted to send coach Bo (Perasol) a video of me and, for some reason, coach Bo opened the email. The next day, he told us he wanted to see me play,”

He then continued, “We flew out here from Dallas and it just fell from there.”

The six-foot three-inch guard shared that choosing Ateneo had something to do with his family. “My dad grew up here so he knew the good schools here. Plus, my cousin, he studied there,” he said.


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