UAAP: Rookie of the Year far from the mind of UST's CJ Cansino

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 10, 2018 07:00 PM
UAAP: Rookie of the Year far from the mind of UST's Cansino
CJ Cansino is one of the frontrunners for Rookie of the Year, but is not sweating the race for it

In the last two seasons, there has been a trend with the UAAP Rookie of the Year.

In Season 79, Aljun Melecio won the award – he was the MVP of the Season 78 Juniors.

In Season 80, Juan Gomez de Liano won the award – he was the MVP of the Season 79 Juniors.

Now in Season 81, CJ Cansino has got to be one of the frontrunners for the award – he was the MVP of the Season 80 Juniors.

For University of Sto. Tomas’ super rookie, however, the only thing that matters is a playoff return for his beloved school. “Una, masaya ako dahil nandun ako sa Rookie of the Year, pero hindi talaga yun yung goal ko. Ang goal ko is yung makapasok kami ng Final Four,” he said.

Indeed, award or no award, Cansino will keep giving his all for the Growling Tigers and for the Growling Tigers alone.

In fact, he isn’t sweating the fact that he is now regularly getting compared to another super rookie in National University’s Dave Ildefonso.

Ildefonso had said in an earlier interview that seeing what his counterpart in the Growling Tigers is doing is only bringing out the best in him.

The Bulldogs’ young star also made it a point to say, however, that all he wants to do is to help bring back the Bulldogs to contention. “My goal right now is to help the team (make), hopefully, Final Four. Bonus na lang yung Rookie of the Year,” he shared.

Cansino, for his part, shares the same sentiments. “Hindi ko talaga inaabangan yung mga numero ng kahit sinong player. Mas pinagtutuunan ko ng pansin kung paano kami maglaro as a team para makaabot kami sa Final Four,” he said.

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