With NBTC title, Migs Oczon’s move from CKSC to NU was well worth it

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 25, 2018 07:33 PM
Migs Oczon’s move from CKSC to NU was well worth it
Because of his transfer to NU, Migs Oczon now knows full well what it takes to play on the biggest of stages and under the brightest of lights

Ateneo de Manila High School averaged a double-digit margin throughout the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

However, they fell short of a season sweep.

Much of it was because of one person – Migs Oczon.

Nazareth School of National University’s sweet-shooting swingman scored 17 points, eight coming in the pivotal period, in their Game 2 triumph over the Blue Eaglets that stopped a season sweep and more importantly, put them in position for an unlikely title.

Of course, the kids from Katipunan would ultimately prevail over the boys from Sampaloc.

Still, the 17-year old left no doubt in proving himself worthy of playing on the biggest stage and under the brightest lights.

For this, he is nothing but thankful to head coach Goldwin Monteverde. “Sobrang maganda po yung nangyaring ito sa akin. Napakalaking opportunity po yung nakuha kong experience at exposure dito,” he shared.

He then continued, “Sobrang nakatulong siya sa akin.”

Oczon is a recruit from Davao who moved to Manila in 2015 to play for Chiang Kai Shek College, also under Monteverde.

With the highly-esteemed mentor’s UAAP transfer from Adamson High School to NU a year ago, the 5-foot-11 swingman was brought along to provide much-welcome two-way play as well as leadership.

That, he did all throughout the Bullpups’ push to the Finals. For that, he was recognized as one of the top young talents in the country as part of the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) Chooks-to-Go 24.

Then in the 2018 NBTC National Finals, Oczon was again a key cog in a championship run that included big-time wins against FilAm Sports and NCAA champion La Salle Greenhills.

With that, the sharpshooter capped off his high school career with a national title.

Now, he is setting his sights on rounding out his game for the collegiate arena. “Okay naman po sa aking known ako as a shooter, pero personally, gusto ko ring i-improve dribbling, playmaking ko for college. Sa college, mahirap namang maging shooter lang,” he said.

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