The Next Phase for the UAAP Season 82 Graduates
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 07, 2020 01:20 PM
Isaac Go ended his UAAP career with three championships under his belt. Now, he’s the first overall pick in the Gilas round of the 2019 PBA Draft (Photo by Richard Esguerra).
UAAP Season 82 gave us one hell of a basketball season. And now that it’s over, some of the players we’ve been rooting for over the years are now moving on to the next phase of their lives. So, what’s next for these athletes? Let’s take a look at some of the guys we’ll be missing on the UAAP court come next season.
Isaac Go ended his UAAP career with three championships under his belt. Now, he’s the first overall pick in the Gilas round of the 2019 PBA Draft. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine to be in this position. I’m just grateful and excited at this point,” said the PBA’s top rookie. And while Go has always said that he wanted to immediately take his talents from college basketball to the pros, Isaac now has to take a detour for yet another huge hoops opportunity—to don the blue and white for the national team.
Isaac isn’t doing too bad for an athlete who was once referred to as a “big, fat kid.”
Rey Suerte only spent one season in the UAAP, but he certainly made it count by averaging these numbers: 17.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. He seems to have left a lasting impression, as Suerte is now a member of Blackwater after being selected as the second overall pick in the Gilas round of the 2019 PBA Draft. Some may say that luck is a factor in such accolades, but it’s hard work that put Suerte in this position.
Renzo Subido made sure that his name won’t soon be forgotten in UAAP lore when he nailed the shot of his life right in front of UP’s Bright Akhuetie. This dagger sent UST to the UAAP Finals, giving the Tigers the chance to dethrone the Ateneo Blue Eagles. And while it didn’t end the way he wanted, Subido remains grateful for all the opportunities, especially now that he’s a member of NorthPort Batang Pier.
One major name was conspicuously missing from the 2019 PBA Draft—Thirdy Ravena. The three-time Finals MVP decided to skip it altogether to focus on training overseas and possibly competing in international leagues. This is the same route his brother Kiefer Ravena took when he graduated from UAAP competition. The elder Ravena trained for a year in the US and had a short stint in the NBA G-League before joining the PBA. Regardless of what Thirdy does, the future seems bright for Ateneo’s former top star.
The UAAP memories will live on, but these athletes are now moving on. While you may not be an athlete, you may relate to their story if you’re looking to make the leap to the next phase of your career, too. Jobstreet can help you do that and #FindTheJobYouLove. As one of the leading employment marketplaces in the Philippines, Jobstreet has aided thousands in transitioning to the next phase of their lives. Let Jobstreet do the same for you by clicking here.
Thank you Isaac, Rey, Renzo, Thirdy, and all the athletes who’ll be moving on from the UAAP. We’ll always be grateful.