Now in his last year, Manuel proud just to jumpstart Maroons’ uphill climb

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 27, 2016 03:05 PM
Manuel proud just to jumpstart Maroons’ uphill climb
GOALS. In Jett Manuel's eyes, he has already fulfilled his personal objective for his last year - just be part of the start of UP's return to relevance.

Jett Manuel will be back for his fifth and final year for the University of the Philippines.

And he is adamant that he has saved his best for last. As he put it, “I wanna end with a bang. I want this year to be the best I’ve ever played.”

The now 23-year-old remains one of the last remnants of the Maroon’s winless, fruitless years. He was key to their promising 2-0 start a season ago, but was also the personification of their struggle and limp to a 1-11 finish.

Now under the guidance of Bo Perasol, a coach who knows something about winning with an underrated team like Powerade back in the PBA and even Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP, Diliman has renewed hope they can finally prove there is nowhere to go but up.

Standing at the forefront of it all is Manuel who will go into the season as captain of a young crew mostly made up of first to third-year players.

And the way he sees it, there’s only one ending he would like to have in his collegiate career. As he put it, “The way I wanna end my UAAP career is to be part of the upstart of the UP program.”

Indeed, the former Xavier School standout has already been mentoring the next standard-bearers for State U like Diego Dario and Paul Desiderio.

Of course, Manuel wishes that he could still be part of the Maroons’ bright future, but he is nonetheless happy to see them off. “Sayang this is my last year and I wouldn’t be abel to play for the program in the coming years,” he said.

He then continued, “Pero I’m happy to jumpstart it.”

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