Nietos hand over reins of Ateneo leadership to Gian Mamuyac

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 30, 2019 04:04 PM
Nietos hand over reins of Ateneo leadership to Gian Mamuyac
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

Ateneo de Manila University will look very, very different in UAAP Season 83.

The three-time defending champions will no longer have the championship core of Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Adrian Wong, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt.

Still the blue and white remains upbeat about its chances - all because of the "next man up" philosophy that has been established and reinforced in the last four years. "He's matured a lot. He's ready to be a captain, a leader for next year," court general Matt Nieto said.

The "he" being referred to? Fourth-year swingman Gian Mamuyac.

Of course, the 6-foot-1 Swiss Army knife is just the ideal choice as team captain - even though he's not necessarily known to be vocal and, more often than not, let's his defense, energy, and hustle do the talking.

Still, Mamuyac has the backing of Mike Nieto - Ateneo's longtime skipper and born leader. "Kayang-kaya ni Mamu yun! Actually, matagal ko na nga siyang kinausap tungkol dyan," the former said.

He then continued, "Sinabi ko na sa kanyang kayang-kaya niya yun. Parte rin ng 'next man up' namin yun."

Indeed, the 20-year-old is nothing but determined to not let Katipunan down. "Kailangan e kasi five silang nag-graduate and malaking part sila ng core at culture ng team namin. Malaking shoes kailangan ko i-fill, pero kakayanin," he said.

With that, Mamuyac only vows to indeed become the leader the Blue Eagles deserve. "Hindi ako masyado masalita, hindi ako natural leader kasi shy type ako, alam mo naman," he said through chuckles.

He then continued, "Pero kailangan kong umalis sa comfort zone ko kasi yun yung kailangan ng team eh. I will have to make myself a leader."

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