NCAA Jrs. MVP Will Gozum is leaving Mapua, but where will he go?
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 23, 2018 04:57 PM
Four UAAP teams are at each other's throats to secure the services of NCAA Jrs. MVP Will Gozum
NCAA Juniors MVP Will Gozum is still undecided about the next step in his young basketball career.
One thing’s for sure – he will not be wearing the same jersey he has had the last two seasons.
The 6-foot-6 big man played the last two seasons for Mapua High School – the latter of which saw him averaging 13.8 points in 49 percent shooting on top of 9.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 1.3 assists en route to the MVP.
However, Gozum will now be moving from the NCAA to the UAAP – whether that be back in the University of the Philippines transferring to Far Eastern University, National University, or University of Sto. Tomas.
The Fighting Maroons would be the most sentimental decision as the versatile big man was once part of a promising core for State U’s high school team with Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan.
However, he was cut from the roster for reasons he opted not to disclose.
The Growling Tigers, though, have also emerged as somewhat of a darkhorse with Randy Alcantara, Gozum’s mentor with the Red Robins, now reportedly part of new head coach Aldin Ayo’s staff.
Of course, both the Bulldogs and the Tamaraws cannot be counted out as they have highly-regarded coaches as well as promising lineups.
Asked when he will be making his decision, Gozum answered, with a chuckle, “Soon po.”
Whichever team he commits to will be getting a mobile big who can play either the five or the four. He has mastered the midrange shot while also being more than capable underneath the basket.
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