Things you might not know about UP's Juan Gomez de Liano
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 31, 2018 02:48 PM
From his other sports, to his favorite food, and his ultra-apt nickname, here are some things you might not know about UP Fighting Maroon Juan Gomez de Liano.
University of the Philippines has a new rising star in sophomore guard Juan Gomez de Liano.
The younger of the two GDLs in the Fighting Maroons' lineup has been on a tear in UAAP season 81 after winning Rookie of the Year honors last year, and has been a key cog for UP's climb to contention.
From his other sports, to his favorite food, and his ultra-apt nickname, here are some things you might not know about Juan Gomez de Liano.
Juan GDL was born on November 19, 1999 to parents Anna and Bert. He's set to celebrate his 19th birthday a day after the end of the second round of eliminations and we'll all see if his special day this year will be even sweeter if the Fighting Maroons clinch a Final Four berth.
His slick nickname.
Not many may know it, but Juan's Twitter handle "@juan_swish9" already gives away preferred nickname.
Juan's actual nickname is Swish, and it's not that hard to see why. The kid has range, and he can get buckets.
His other sports.
Juan isn't confined to the four corners of the hardcourt. He also lists his swimming and table tennis as his other favorite sports. Talk about well-rounded.
His favorite ballers.
After tallying the first triple-double in the UAAP seniors division since 2006, it's easy to undertand who his favorite basketball players are.
Houston Rockets guard and reigning NBA MVP James Harden, San Miguel playmaker (and his UP coach) Alex Cabagnot, and Rain or Shine forward Gabe Norwood are players Juan looks up to the most, and looking at his playstyle, there's an actual resemblance to all three.
His favorite movie.
Of course, Juan's favorite flick is the 2005 classic 'Coach Carter' starring Samuel L. Jackson as the eponymous lead.
Juan is currently taking up Sports Science in U.P. Diliman, and he has three years left to play for the Fighting Maroons. He says he would just be a normal student if he wasn't a basketball player.