UAAP 82: Cansino’s road to recovery paved with help from Coach Aldin

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 09, 2019 02:27 PM
Cansino’s road to recovery paved with help from Coach Aldin
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

CJ Cansino's sophomore year is a step down from his super rookie season.

In the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, Cansino is averaging 5.8 points in 37 percent shooting, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.

This, after he normed 12.8 points in 44 percent shooting, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in Season 81.

While the 6-foot-2 swingman's on-court numbers have taken a step back, however, his personal growth has taken a big leap forward.

Last year, his super rookie season ended earlier than expected due to an ACL injury.

Cansino then spent the next nine months recovering and rehabbing and even when he was finally cleared for contact, he still needed time, a little over a month to be exact, to get going in terms of his rhythm.

Through it all, the 20-year-old's road to recovery was guided by Growling Tigers' mentor Aldin Ayo. "Si Coach Aldin, on and off the court, parang tatay ko na talaga e. Mas marami pa nga akong natutunan sa kanya tungkol sa off the court," he said.

In particular, Cansino said discipline was the most important thing Coach Aldin drilled down on him. "Yung discipline, palagi niyang sinasabi, na makikita raw sa isang tao kung wala nang nakatingin. Kaya kung may naiisip akong bagay na pwedeng makasama sa akin, siya yung naiisip ko," he said.

With that, the second-year stud kept at it and never stopped working until, slowly but surely, he returned to form in the second round.

That work ethic has only proven that Cansino is nothing but deserving to be UST's team captain. "Si CJ, kumpleto - magaling makisama, walang kalokohan, student-athlete. What else can you ask? Kaya kung may dapat gayahin ng players sa amin, si CJ yun," Coach Aldin said.

He then continued, "He has the respect of all the players because he is a true-blooded Thomasian."

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