UAAP: Coach Jamike says NU's future already secure with Dave I., JLC
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 02, 2018 05:40 PM
NU already has its cornerstones for the next five years in impact rookies Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd Clemente
Fully loaded National University was expected to be one of the contenders in the ongoing UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Instead, the Bulldogs find themselves on the outside looking into the playoff picture – in a virtual must-win situation from here on out just to have a shot at the Final Four.
Rather than contemplate on what could’ve been, though, second-year head coach Jamike Jarin is choosing to see silver linings. “Right now, you have to stick with the positives. Even though we lost, we have to stick with the positives,” he told reporters after they lost to Ateneo de Manila University last Sunday.
In particular, the one-time NCAA champion coach singled out the steady rise of rookies Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd Clemente. “For now, Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd Clemente, you can see the future not only for NU, but also for Philippine basketball. They’re rookies, but you can see the big upside with them,” he said.
Indeed, Ildefonso has made an immediate impact straight out of high school by averaging 14.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists while JLC has come on as of late now with per game counts of 11.4 markers, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.
Without a doubt, those two will be the building blocks for the Bulldogs in the coming years.
And that is not good news for the rest of the league – if Coach Jamike is to be believed. As he put it, “After this, they still have four years to play together. That’s the scary part for the opponents in the UAAP.”
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