UAAP 82: Juan GDL thankful to UP, thinking about future

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 13, 2019 09:09 PM
UAAP 82: Juan GDL thankful to UP, thinking about future
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Juan Gomez de Liano, alongside brother Javi, has been the University of the Philippines' first homegrown talent in a long while.

In the Juniors Division, he won an MVP for the Jr. Maroons while in the Seniors Division, he took home one Mythical selection all while helping the Fighting Maroons to one Finals berth as well as two playoff berths.

All in all, the 19-year-old has been nothing but a source of pride for Diliman.

And while his last year wasn't his best, he was nothing but grateful for all it taught him. "It's been a tough season not just for me but for the whole team. Expectations were high and we fell short," he shared.

He then continued, "We couldn’t prove the haters wrong, but I'm just thankful to be part of this family. That bond meant a lot for my career."

That gratitude extends to the UP community - and he said as much through Twitter.

While that statement seemed to be a foreboding farewell, Juan GDL made it clear that he's just thankful for to maroon and green. "Wala naman yun. Just thankful," he answered when asked about his tweet.

At the same time, though, the 6-foot-1 playmaker said that he has the next steps of his young career in mind. As he put it, "Just thinking about the future."

For now, however, what's certain is that he will only continue working hard to get back to full strength as he shared that he's only at 80 percent after battling a handful of injuries from the preseason to in-season. "I'm just thankful because to be honest, I wasn’t even supposed to be here. I had so many injuries, but at least, I tried my best still," he said.

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