Fil-Am Verano now getting used to playing big for Ateneo

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 25, 2016 05:53 PM
Fil-Am Verano now getting used to playing big for Ateneo
NEIGHBORS. Ateneo's newest find in Raffy Verano is the offspring of UP alumni.

Apparently, Ateneo de Manila University can thank their neighbors over Katipunan Avenue for their latest unearthed gem.

“What sold me to Ateneo was my parents. They studied in UP and they told me how different education is here (in the Philippines),” Blue Eagle Raffy Verano shared after his breakout game last Sunday.

He then continued, “They told me it’s more applied here so I thought playing here would be better for me educationally.”

Not only have things been better for him educationally, the Filipino-American is also enjoying success in only his first year playing in the UAAP. As he put it, “Everything’s going great! I’m really enjoying it here especially in Ateneo with school, our coaches, and our team.”

Clearly, Verano was enjoying himself in Ateneo’s conquest of National University last Saturday. Then, he produced a career-best 20 points to go along with two rebounds and two steals.

The six-foot-three swingman was swishing from start to finish – and that is nothing but good news for the blue and white faithful especially after the adjustment he had to go through. “Basketball is very different here because the pace is faster. Also, usually I play big here, but I played guard in the States,” he shared.

He then continued, “It was a rough transition, but I’m getting used to it. Now playing the three and four, it’s starting to get to more comfortable.”

It wasn’t only a matter of playing a bigger position, however, Verano also had no time to waste in stepping up big-time for the Eagles who are still transitioning from the Kiefer Ravena-Von Pessumal era.

Fortunately for Katipunan, their recruit from California has answered the call. After playing sparingly in the first round, he now has a key role as an energizer off their bench.

And he is only willing to do more. “I’ll help any way possible – to do the dirty work, to rebound, or just do the little things. I’m willing to do anything to help us out,” Verano said.

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