On the third try, Jerie Pingoy finally finds home in Adamson

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 01, 2017 07:59 PM
On the third try, Jerie Pingoy finally finds home in Adamson
WHERE THE HEART IS. Jerie Pingoy's longer, harder path has led him to his new home in Adamson.

It has been five years since Jerie Pingoy took the championship for Far Eastern University-Diliman and took back-to-back MVP awards for himself in the UAAP Juniors.

Meaning, it has been five years since Jerie Pingoy was tagged as the next big thing.

Since then, he has found himself in the middle of one controversy to the next – a tug-of-war between FEU and Ateneo de Manila University for his services, a re-assessment of eligibility rules regarding one player transferring from one UAAP school to another, and then a failure to meet his academic requirements.

Between 2012 to 2017, the now 22-year-old will have played for three different teams.

And still, Pingoy says he is at peace with all he has done. “I’m all good. Masaya. Happy. Enjoy,” he said.

The once highly-touted pointman will be suiting up for Adamson University in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And as fate would have it, Pingoy’s debut for the Soaring Falcons will come against his former team in the Blue Eagles. “We’re gonna play against Ateneo agad,” he expressed, chuckling at how circumstances continue to make his life interesting.

Asked if he felt he had something to prove to the team which let saw him leave after just one year of playing, he answered, “’Di naman masyado. At first, actually, I wasn’t ready, pero it’s also nice to play against them kasi nga dun ako nanggaling.”

He then continued, “I need to prove also na kaya kong bumalik pa.”

Though he has taken the longer, harder path, the one-time high school phenom said he has no regrets. As he put it, “Sobrang wala. Being an Atenean, it was a blessing. Masaya na rin akong nakapag-aral sa Ateneo,” he shared.

He then continued, “Kung anuman yung ginawa ko, masaya ako dun. Tapos blessed pa rin akong nandito pa rin ako. Now, it’s just a challenge for me na maibalik kung sino yung Koko dati.”

That longer, harder path has led him from Diliman to Katipunan and then San Marcelino.

And now, Pingoy said he is exactly where he needs and wants to be. “Finally, nakita ko na yung home ko. sobrang thankful ko sa Adamson na they still believe in me,” he said.

He then continued, “Alam kong medyo behind na ako sa batchmates ko, pero binigyan pa rin nila ako ng chance na makabalik.”

Don’t rush him into instantly being the tantalizing talent he once was, however. “I’m still just gonna follow coach Franz’s [Pumaren] system. No expectations,” he expressed.

Pingoy debuts for Adamson on September 9 when they take on Ateneo. All of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream.

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