4 of 8 top players in UAAP 81 Jrs. were recruited by coach Gold

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 25, 2019 08:23 PM
4 of 8 top players in UAAP 81 Jrs. recruited by coach Gold
Imagine if all of Carl Tamayo, Forthsky Padrigao, Joem Sabandal, and Gerry Abadiano were still teammates.

At long last, head coach Goldwin Monteverde can celebrate his first championship in the UAAP.

Guiding Nazareth School of National University to a dominant championship that saw them go 16-1 overall while sweeping all four games they played against now-dethroned champion Ateneo de Manila High School, Coach Gold has reached the mountaintop of the UAAP Juniors following a five-year climb.

Of course, the soft-spoken mentor has long been one of the brightest minds in all of high school, having won titles in the National Basketball Training Center, Palarong Pambansa, Metro Manila Basketball League, and the now-defunct Tiong Lian Basketball League, among others.

Now, however, Coach Gold already has the crown jewel in what has been a storied high school coaching career.

And in the same way that his breakthrough championship in the UAAP allows him to stake claim as one of the best – if not, the best – coaches in the Juniors, the fact that four of the top eight players in the tournament were recruited by him allows him to stake claim as one of the best – if not, the best – talent evaluators.

No Bullpup made the Mythical Team in Season 81, but floor leader Gerry Abadiano and towering tower Carl Tamayo placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in terms of Statistical Points (SPs).

And in the Mythical Team itself, both Forthsky Padrigao and Joem Sabandal were recruited from Mindanao by Coach Gold.

That means that while Padrigao and Sabandal took flight in Ateneo and Adamson High School, respectively, it was the multi-titled mentor who discovered them and started their development.

With that, Coach Gold had a hand in the rise of four of the eight top players in the tournament in terms of SPs.

Like he always does, however, Monteverde deflected all credit to the boys – whether that be his wards over at NU or his recruits who are now flying high in different schools. “Yung mga bata naman nagtrabaho ng lahat ng yan. Yung sakripisyo at pinagtrabahuan nila, sila lahat yun,” he said.

Still, the fact remains that at the end of the UAAP 81 Juniors, there is no doubt that Goldwin Monteverde is just on another level both as a coach and a talent evaluator.

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