Captain Cansino will wear his inspiration on his jersey starting UAAP 82

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 29, 2019 03:02 PM
Captain Cansino will wear his inspiration on his jersey
In UAAP Season 82, no. 27 will be no more for UST captain CJ Cansino

CJ Cansino wasted no time proving he was the next great homegrown star for University of Sto. Tomas.

As a rookie, a super rookie at that, he posted per game counts of 12.8 points in 44 percent shooting, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists.

Only, an unfortunate ACL injury ended his super rookie season.

Fast forward nine months after, however, and the Growling Tigers' tantalizing talent promises he is a-okay. "100 percent na talaga siya," he answered when asked if he was still feeling any sort of pain in his left knee.

Indeed, Cansino finally played his first officially sanctioned game as the Espana-based squad saw action in the 2019 NBA 5v5 in China a week ago and seized a runner-up finish.

Of course, he was nothing but glad to be back in action on the court. "Sobrang sarap sa feeling kasi yung pinaghirapan ko last eight months, nalabas ko dun. Feeling ko naman, wala na yung injury ko," he said.

That is exactly why when UAAP Season 82 rolls around, the now 20-year-old remains upbeat about his chances to reclaim his place as one of the league's brightest shining stars.

This is even truer now he has added motivation - the family who never left his side as he tried to get up and stand up from the biggest setback in his young career.

And for that family, Cansino has dedicated portions on the front and the back of his uniform as he switches from jersey no. 27 to jersey no. 71. "Yung 71 kasi, birthdays ng mom and dad ko. Last year kasi, birthday ko lang yun so ngayon, sa kanila na talaga, sa family ko na talaga," he said, referring to the birthdates of his parents which fall on April 7 and December 1.

He then continued, "Para sa kanila naman lahat ng ginagawa ko e, 'di naman para sa akin."

Along with his family, the 6-foot-2 swingman is also being inspired by the fact that despite his youth and despite his injury, he was given full faith by head coach Aldin Ayo to be UST's captain. "Feel ko, binigyan niya ako ng tiwala kasi nakita niya kung anong kaya kong gawin. Ako, ginagawa ko lang naman kung anong kaya ko for the team," he said.

And so, his comeback in the oncoming season will be all for his parents, his family, the faithful over in Espana, and his mentor. "Si Coach Aldin, on and off the court, parang tatay ko na talaga e. Para sa kanya rin at sa buong UST yung season ko," he shared.

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