Sheriff’s final year all about proving critics wrong about his shooting

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 14, 2016 05:00 PM
Sheriff’s final year all about proving critics wrong
BULLISH MARKET. Jon Sheriff hopes he showed each and every one of his skills in his final go-round for UST.

The 2016 University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers will not go down as one of the school’s best ever.

Just like team captain Louie Vigil, however, fellow veteran Jon Sheriff is at peace with his final year in black and gold. “No regrets for me. We did what we could,” he expressed.

UST finished the elimination round with a 3-11 win-loss record – their worst since the inception of the Final Four.

For the Filipino-Canadian, however, it was a season of proving himself to be more than a defensive guard. As he put it, “Even though we did not have a good season, I was able to showcase my talent. Everybody was saying I couldn’t shoot the ball, I was a liability.”

He then continued, “My goal was to prove the critics wrong, to show them that I can shoot. I felt like I was able to accomplish that this season.”

Indeed, Sheriff surprised just about everybody as he gradually took more and more midrange shots throughout the tournament. In the end, he was the Tigers’ second-leading scorer with 8.9 points per game all while shooting 45.5 percent from inside the arc and making two of his three long-range attempts.

Now he has showcased the rest of his arsenal, the now 25-year-old said he will still keep working until he reaches the PBA. Talking about what’s next for him, he said, “Magpapa-draft na ako sa D-League and I’m going to play two conferences there.”

He then continued, “Then hopefully, ma-draft sa PBA. Basta I’m going to work hard and keep grinding.”

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