The GDLs want a reunion in UP with NCAA Jrs. MVP Gozum

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 21, 2017 07:33 PM
The GDLs want a reunion in UP with NCAA Jrs. MVP Gozum
Will Gozum's return to Diliman is the hope for former teammates Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano

The University of the Philippines is all set to be bigger and better next year.

With Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie, talented Filipino-Canadians David Murell and Evyn Santiago, and versatile swingman Jaydee Tungcab all coming in to join Paul Desiderio, Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano, and Jun Manzo, the Fighting Maroons are already being seen as one of the contenders for UAAP Season 81.

Even so, they can still get bigger and better.

As first reported by Reuben Terrado of, State U is the frontrunner in securing the services of NCAA Juniors MVP Will Gozum.

The 6-foot-6 Gozum averaged 13.8 points in 49 percent shooting on top of 9.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 1.3 assists all while leading Mapua University to the Finals where they eventually lost in an epic three-game series to College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills.

Of course, several schools have already expressed interest in the commitment of Gozum, but perhaps there could be no more personal decision for him than to return to UP.

The versatile big man was once part of a promising core for the Junior Maroons with the Gomez de Liano brothers. However, he was cut from the roster for reasons he opted not to disclose.

Fortunately, Gozum landed on his feet with the Red Robins and established himself as one of the blue-chip prospects in this high school graduating class.

Now, he has a chance to continue what he had already started in Diliman.

For their part, both the Gomez de Lianos said they want nothing more than for that to happen.

“I think every team would like a Will Gozum in their team. He’s a modern day big man with good range and excellent footwork,” Javi said. “Whenever he steps on the floor, the team plays better.”

Juan Gomez de Liano could only agree. “A reunion sounds good,” he said.

Along with the on-court contributions, Javi said that the 18-year-old Gozum is nothing but a good teammate to have around. “He has a very good personality and that’s why he’s close to every teammate he has played with. No doubt, I enjoyed playing with him in high school,” he said.

The NCAA Juniors MVP still opted to keep mum about his future. “If God’s will, mangyayari yan,” he expressed.


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