Juan GDL has got all the bases covered for Jr. Maroons
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 02, 2016 12:06 PM
MR. EVERYTHING. Juan Gomez de Liano is doing nothing but prove correct his coach's claim that he can play multiple positions.
Five games into the UAAP 79 Juniors Basketball Season and Juan Gomez de Liano is spending an average of 35.1 minutes on the floor.
In a couple of contests, University of the Philippines Integrated School even had its main man for all of the game.
Knowing full well that he is the engine that drives the Junior Maroons’ hopes for a return to relevance, Gomez de Liano said he is ready, willing, and able for that many minutes. “I’ll just have to get used to it kasi ilang games na lang and it’s my last year,” he expressed.
In all fairness, the younger brother of Fighting Maroon Javi makes the most of his time on the floor as he plays positions one through four.
Standing at six-foot-two and known as an off-guard, he has actually become UPIS’ nominal four – a point forward as the nomenclature of today puts him.
According to Gomez de Liano, he could even play the five if need be. “Coach (Paolo Mendoza) told me I could play 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 for this team. I could rebound naman, I could create for my teammates, I could score,” he said.
He then continued, “That’s actually a big thing for me. Not everyone gets a chance to do that.”
And the way the King Junior Maroon sees it, the entry as coach of the former Seniors Mythical selection has only made him better. “Coach Pao has been good. He has been giving us confidence na kahit off-game kami, he encourages us pa rin,” he said.
Mendoza, who led the last State U squad to make the Final Four, is in his first season as mentor of the Junior Maroons.
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